Morning Call’s publisher, editor-in-chief, retiring

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The top editor of The Morning Call has announced he is retiring from the newspaper, primarily to deal with a health issue.

David Erdman was given the added title of publisher two months ago as part of a companywide reorganization by Tribune Publishing.

The 56-year-old Erdman has spent his entire 35-year journalism career at the northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper.

He started as a reporter in 1981 and moved up the ranks to become managing editor in 2000. In 2009 he was named vice president and editor.

In a story Thursday on the newspaper’s website, Erdman said his decision to step down was a complex and difficult one.

He said it was driven mainly by the need to deal with a recently diagnosed esophageal condition.

His retirement takes effect May 20.