Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor at The Associated Press and its top editorial staffer, will retire at the end of the year.
She has led the AP for 14 years.
In a statement, Carroll said her departure will allow time for "family events," including her son’s college graduation in the spring.
"Plus, sleeping in on weekdays for a while," she added in the statement.
The Associated Press will begin a search for Carroll's successor, which is slated to conclude by the beginning of the year.