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|APME Newsletter for Dec. 17, 2010|
In this issue:
Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP: Hunting traditions sag as land, desire disappear
Star Ledger: Hundreds of NJ police, firefighters obtained illegal prescriptions
San Jose Mercury News: Government officials abuse confidential license plates
Plain Dealer: Outrage, demands for transparency over politics behind closed doors
Democrat and Chronicle: Despite taxes at stake, few vote for fire commissioners
Read all 19 watchdog reports at: http://www.apme.com/?page=Watchdog
News instincts, persistence and luck. London photographer Matt Dunham combined all three to get a worldwide scoop on the worst attack on the British royal family in a generation. Dunham's camera captured the drama: Camilla, her mouth wide in horror, grasping for Charles as the rowdy crowd pummeled the car. Both were in full evening dress, Camilla's glittering emerald and diamond necklace nestled against the green satin ruffle of her coat.
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James Beltran, a supervisor in the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press, has been named news editor for Texas. Chris Tomlinson, the cooperative's former chief of bureau in Nairobi, Kenya, and a veteran foreign correspondent, is the AP's new correspondent in Austin. The appointments were announced by Central Region Editor David Scott in Chicago.
Beltran, 32, has served as a desk editor and supervisor in the AP's main Southern California bureau since 2008. He will be based in Dallas and will join Houston-based Texas News Editor Wendy Benjaminson as part of the AP's news leadership team in the Lone Star State. A native Texan, Beltran is a 2000 graduate of the University of Houston who worked in the city as a sports writer for several years before joining The Brownsville Herald as city editor in 2002. He moved to AP in 2005 as an editor in the cooperative's Des Moines bureau.
Tomlinson, 45, is also a native of Texas. As Austin correspondent, Tomlinson will lead the AP's staff in the state capital bureau as a reporter and work with Benjaminson and Beltran as an editor to craft the cooperative's coverage of Texas state government and politics. In Kenya, first as correspondent and later as chief of bureau, Tomlinson led the AP's coverage of East Africa. His work included both reporting – covering the war in Somalia and political strife in Kenya, among other stories – and overseeing the work of 50 beat reporters and stringers throughout the region. Tomlinson, a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas, is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a signals intelligence analyst.
John Heilprin, who has covered environmental and investigative beats in Washington and the United Nations for The Associated Press, has been named chief correspondent in Geneva for the news cooperative. The appointment to cover Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the various international organizations that use Geneva as a base was announced by John Daniszewski, senior managing editor overseeing international news and photos.
In addition to coverage of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Heilprin will lead coverage of various U.N. agencies in Europe and sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee and soccer's world governing body FIFA.
Heilprin, 48, joined the AP in Washington in 2000 and was soon named national environmental writer. He transferred to the AP's bureau at the United Nations in 2007, where he took on a special role in multimedia investigative projects. Prior to the AP, he worked as a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor and Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover, New Hampshire. He holds a bachelor's degree in European history from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger's Executive Editor Louis M. "Skip" Perez will retire from the newspaper next month. Perez said he will retire Jan. 14 and plans to spend more time with his family. The paper reported the 64-year-old is its longest serving editor since being founded in 1924. Perez joined The Ledger in 1976 and became executive editor five years later. Under his leadership, the paper won 91 New York Times Co. citations for journalistic excellence and numerous national industry honors. Perez is from Tampa and a graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. He was named to the Florida Freedom of Information Hall of Fame three years ago.
Bob Grady, the longtime editor of the Plattsburgh, N.Y., Press-Republican, is retiring at the end of this year. Grady joined the newspaper in 1972 as a general-assignment reporter after graduating from Plattsburgh State. He was regional editor, city editor and managing editor before replacing the retiring Jim Dynko as editor in 2006. The 65-year-old Grady also worked in the Albany bureau, covering state government for about two dozen papers for Ottaway Newspapers Inc. In 2006, Ottaway sold the Press-Republican and five other dailies to Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. of Birmingham, Ala. Grady was cited for excellence many times by The Associated Press, United Press International and the New York Association of Newspaper Publishers.
AP's Kathleen Carroll: Mainstream reporters get secrets, context
AP's Rod Hicks named chairman of 2011 NABJ Convention
AP's Mark Hamrick named president of National Press Club
2-year-old Newspaper Absorbs 124-year-old Rival in Liberal, Kan.
5 Indiana journalists to be honored by Hall of Fame
Coloradoan publisher leaves, interim named
Publisher of Anderson, S.C., newspaper to retire
Publishers say ad trends improving
Schurz to lead Winchester, Ky., paper
Johnson named St. Cloud (Minn.)Times publisher
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Comics reporter Brenda Starr leaving the biz
By SOPHIA TAREEN
CHICAGO (AP) — No more late nights or looming deadlines for globetrotting reporter Brenda Starr.
The redheaded comic heroine, whose first appearance came in a June 1940 Chicago Tribune insert, is putting the notebook away for good next month. Tribune Media Services, which owns Brenda Starr, announced last week that it's ending the feature's newspaper syndication.
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