Nicole Carroll will step down as editor in chief of USA Today on May 1 after five years in the role.
It was not clear at deadline what Carroll’s future plans are.
Owner Gannett Co. is conducting a national search for Carroll's replacement. Michael McCarter will serve as interim editor in chief, in addition to his duties as managing editor of standards and ethics and Opinion.
Carroll assumed the post in February 2018 after leading Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage at The Arizona Republic, a part of the USA Today Network.
USA Today became a majority-female newsroom in 2021 under Carroll’s leadership. In addition, the paper hired more journalists of color, announcing plans to add or reassign journalists to new beats to cover inequities in the U.S.
“Nicole Carroll has been a valued colleague and partner at USA Today and our news organization,” says Kristin Roberts, newly appointed chief content officer at Gannett. “We wish her all the best as she continues to advocate for quality journalism.”
Carroll says she is “interested in looking at the next chapter of my career and what that might be.”