LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville is retiring effective Friday.
Bennie Ivory announced Monday he will leave the paper after 16 years at its helm. Ivory was the first African American to lead the Louisville newspaper's news organization.
In an address to staff members, the 62-year-old Ivory, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., said he plans to stay in Louisville, but will spend more time with his grandchildren and visiting Arkansas.
Ivory also complimented the staff as "the best" and said it doesn't seem like a decade-and-a-half has gone by since he arrived.
Said Ivory: "I guess that means that I've been having fun."
Courier-Journal Managing Editor Jean Porter will take over newsroom management in the interim. A national search will be conducted to find a successor.