"I've had a great run, at a great newspaper in a great news town. But I think it is time to explore some other parts of life after 40 years as an editor. I don't have a grand plan. I'm going to recharge my batteries for now and think about the next great adventure. I'm proud of this staff and the great journalism we've done these last 10 years. I wish this newsroom nothing but the best in the years ahead."The CA article announcing Peck’s retirement summed up his tenure as being one of accomplishment, during which “The Commercial Appeal delivered award-winning investigative, enterprise and visual journalism efforts. The newsroom aggressively championed freedom of information and the public’s right to know.” Peck was at the helm of the CA during a time of rapid transitions in the paper’s format, its statement of mission, and in the size and purposing of its staff, which was periodically reduced. His editorship came at a time when the CA, like other newspapers, became actively involved in seeking new ways, as Peck would put it, of “monetizing content.” As recently as this past week, the CA had announced a fundamental change in its policy regarding online readership, restricting access to all its articles to paid subscribers.
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