The San Francisco Chronicle is switching publishers for the second time in 20 months, bringing in a hard-nosed executive who presided over a contentious newspaper labor strike in Detroit.
Steven Falk left as the San Francisco paper's publisher Friday. He will be replaced Jan. 1 by Frank Vega, who runs the company that oversees the shared business operations of the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.
Falk, 50, took over as Chronicle publisher in March 2003.
Hearst Corp., the Chronicle's parent company, didn't give a reason for the change.