Sun-Times Media CEO Edwin Eisendrath released the following statement this evening:
“I am announcing today the departure of Mark Konkol from the Reader. Mark came to the publication bringing great hope for a new direction and a new life to a storied brand. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned. A tumultuous ten days culminated in the publication of a Reader cover that we believe was not in line with either our vision for the Reader or that storied history. We wish Mark well.
“While controversy is sometimes seen as part and parcel of the alternative-weekly world, we believe it’s necessary in this instance to apologize to anyone who was offended by this week’s cover. The published cover in my view distracted from the publication as a whole.
“The reporters at the Reader work hard to be great journalists. They can and will take on the toughest stories—including issues of race, injustice, and people struggling to be heard.
“We will put in place interim leadership and plan for the future.”