Clytie Bunyan, business editor of The Oklahoman, has been promoted to director of business and lifestyles.
Finance reporter Don Mecoy, 52, will assume the role of business editor, reporting to Bunyan.
Bunyan, 51, joined The Oklahoman in 1989 as a metro reporter. She later moved to the business department and has covered real estate, small business and retail.
“Bunyan is a demonstrated leader in this newsroom. She has led with a calm, assertive resolve that inspires confidence in those around her. She’s a champion for journalistic integrity. I think she will bring a wealth of talent to this position,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news and information for OPUBCO Communications Group.
Bunyan was named business editor in 2003. She has overseen several redesigns of the section, transforming it from a traditional section with multiple stock pages to a more reader-friendly section that appeals to both industry and news readers.
“The goal in 2003 was to produce a section that includes coverage of highly complex financial and industry topics, but in a way that is easy for all readers to understand, and to simplify stock page information, and I think we’ve done that,” Bunyan said. “It’s not just our grandfather’s section any more.”
Bunyan also spearheaded intense coverage that has included Oklahoma City’s emerging downtown development and this year’s launch of expanded energy coverage.
Mecoy is an award-winning reporter who has worked for The Oklahoman for 26 years, handling reporting and editing duties for every newsgathering desk. He has won awards for features, news and business stories and for headline writing. For the past 11 years, Mecoy has covered Oklahoma’s financial industry and public companies. He will continue to cover financial matters.
“Mecoy has previously served as city editor for us. He’s a proven leader with solid news judgment and a firm grasp of business and finance,” Fry said.
In her new role, Bunyan will oversee the Business news department as well as the Features departments. She also will be responsible for staff development and training and the newsroom’s internship program.
Bunyan is a member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is the industry adviser for the student newspaper at Oklahoma City Community College. She represents The Oklahoman on several civic and community boards in Oklahoma City. Bunyan will continue to report to Managing Editor Mike Shannon.