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The Kansas City Star has hired Michael Lindenberger, a Pulitzer-winning journalist at the Houston Chronicle, to become the newspaper’s vice president and editorial page editor.
Lindenberger, 51, replaces former opinion editor Melinda Henneberger, who recently became a columnist at The Sacramento Bee, a sister paper of The Star.
“We are delighted that Michael will be leading our award-winning opinion team,” said Mike Fannin, president and editor of The Star. “Michael believes in well-reported, incisive commentary and editorial writing that serves local communities. He has a long track record of distinguished journalism to back that up.”
Since 2018, Lindenberger has worked at the Houston Chronicle, where he most recently served as deputy opinion editor and oversaw the daily operations of the newspaper’s eight-member editorial board. He previously worked in several roles over 14 years at The Dallas Morning News. Those included work as a columnist and editorial writer, city hall reporter, transportation writer, and the paper’s Washington correspondent for business.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue to do work that makes a difference in readers’ lives, a high bar that has already been set at The Star,” Lindenberger said.
A Kentucky native and cocktail connoisseur, Lindenberger founded BourbonStory.com, a blog about the worldwide bourbon boom. He’s also a college teacher, public speaker and graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and spent the 2012-13 academic year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. Lindenberger will begin working at The Star next month.