John Schueler on Tuesday was named publisher of the Daily News of Los Angeles.
Schueler, 51, succeeds Ike Massey, who is leaving the newspaper June 30. Massey resigned in May, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue unspecified other interests.
Schueler's appointment was made by MediaNews Group Inc. of Denver, which operates the Daily News and seven other Southern California dailies through its Los Angeles Newspaper Group. It takes effect July 9.
In a statement, Schueler said he was glad to be returning to California "in what is one of the most exciting media markets in the country."
He was president and chief operating officer of Freedom Communications Inc.'s Orange County Register from 1993 to 1998, and most recently was publisher and president of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
He previously was an executive for Knight Ridder Inc.'s newspaper group in Detroit and Miami, and in Atlanta for Cox Enterprises Inc.