Sun-Times features editor quits

Linda Bergstrom

Linda Bergstrom

After two years overseeing features at the Sun-Times, Linda Bergstrom resigned Tuesday as associate editor, citing personal reasons.

Bergstrom, whose last day will be Thursday, declined to comment. She was the highest-ranking woman in the editorial department of the paper.

“Linda is a great friend and colleague, and we’re going to miss her,” said Jim Kirk, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times.

Bergstrom joined the Sun-Times in May 2012 after 18 years at the Chicago Tribune, including the last seven as lifestyle editor. Kirk called her “a crucial hire for us” at the time, telling staffers: “As we look to expand our footprint in content areas that stretch from health to entertainment, Linda brings a wealth of experience and ideas. She is a natural leader who can look at any situation and give you a dozen ways to address them.”

Her departure comes just weeks after Sue Ontiveros, a 30-year veteran of the Sun-Times, stepped down as deputy features editor, the post she had held since 2006.

No decision has been made about whether Bergstrom will be replaced, Kirk said.