Lie sinks incoming O.C. Register publisher

Times Staff Writer

The newly appointed publisher of the Orange County Register won’t be taking the newspaper’s top spot because she lied about her college diploma on her resume, the newspaper said Wednesday.

Marti Buscaglia, publisher of the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune, was named to the position two weeks ago. On Wednesday, current Register Publisher N. Christian Anderson III announced that the deal was off.

“I regret the information came to light after we had announced Marti’s appointment (on June 6 ) that precludes our being able to move forward with this decision,” Anderson said in a statement.

Anderson, who is also chief executive of Freedom Orange County Information, did not return a call seeking comment. A company spokesman who would not give his name said the search for a publisher would resume.

Once the position is filled, Anderson will continue to oversee Freedom Orange County Information, a division of Freedom Communications, which includes the Register and the OC Post tabloid.


Newspaper executives declined to say how they learned that Buscaglia, 54, did not have the bachelor’s degree she claimed from Lima University in Peru.

In an interview with the Register, Buscaglia said she took “full responsibility.”

“It’s one of those things you put on a resume when you are young and stupid and you can never take it back,” she said.

Buscaglia started as publisher at the Duluth News Tribune in 2002. According to an American Press Institute profile, she has been an executive at the Baltimore Sun and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn., and she has worked in marketing positions for La Opinion, Gannett Co. and Knight Ridder Inc.