Janet Coats, executive editor of the Tampa Tribune, announced Monday that she will step down Dec. 18 to join her husband in Knoxville, Tenn.
The executive editor position will go unfilled for the "foreseeable future," she said. Her duties will be split between Tribune publisher Denise Palmer and managing editors for online, print and broadcast journalism.
Coats joined the Tribune in June 2004, first as managing editor. Before that, she was dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns the St. Petersburg Times, and executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Rusty Coats serves as an executive with the E.W. Scripps Co.
Coats said her family will keep a home in the Tampa Bay area to visit.