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WATCHDOG REPORTING: SUMMARY OF IMPACT JOURNALISM FROM PAST WEEK
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Doctors and sex abuse: a nationwide study
Arizona Daily Star: Critics decry tax breaks for Monsanto
Los Angeles Times: Breitbart News, fiery and conservative, plans to go global
San Diego Union Tribune: Affordable housing additions don’t keep up
Washington Post: Zuckerberg outlines Facebook’s ideas to battle fake news
Stamford Advocate: Schools demand more from next building contractor
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Housing agency skirts salary cap for top execs
Chicago Tribune: Illinois hides abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities
Des Moines Register: Speed cameras sang thousands from out of state
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Rule breakers bring dark side to ride-share culture
Houston Chronicle: Mentally ill lose out as special ed declines
EDITORS IN THE NEWS
Sally Buzbee named Associated Press executive editor
Courier-Journal names Christopher new executive editor
The Courier-Journal's new executive editor is Joel Christopher, vice president of USA Today Network-Wisconsin. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/2g4PcOZ ) reports Christopher will assume management of digital and print news operations there Dec. 2. In Christopher's native Wisconsin, he oversees 10 newsrooms across the state. He started his journalism career in 1995 as a sports and news reporter in Watertown, Wisconsin. He joined Gannett in 1997 at the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin and advanced to managing editor. He joined The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 2005 as metro editor and became digital editor in 2006. In 2013, he took over digital operations for the network's 10 newsrooms and was named vice president of news in 2014. Christopher replaces Neil Budde, who resigned Oct. 14.
Juliet Williams named news editor in San Francisco
Juliet Williams, who as Sacramento correspondent oversaw 2016 California election coverage for The Associated Press, has been named news editor in San Francisco.
The appointment was announced Thursday, Nov. 17, by Interim West Region Editor Anna Johnson, who oversees news for 13 states. In her new role Williams will supervise AP staff in San Francisco and Fresno, and be responsible for news coverage throughout Northern California. Williams was named Sacramento correspondent nearly two years ago after a decade of reporting for AP from the state Capitol. She has covered politics, the Legislature, the governor and education, and has reported extensively on California's $68 billion high-speed rail project.
Joshua Goodman named AP's news director for the Andes
Joshua Goodman, a cross-format journalist and news manager who has reported from more than a dozen countries for The Associated Press, has been named news director for the Andes. Based in Bogota, Goodman will lead video, text and photo operations for the AP in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Nov. 15, by Latin America News Director Paul Haven.
The appointment was part of a drive to make the news cooperative fully cross format. Goodman, 40, brings almost two decades of experience in Latin America, having reported from 13 different countries in the region.
Des Moines Register names Hunter as new executive editor
The Des Moines Register has named a 12-year veteran of the newspaper as its new executive editor. The Register announced Tuesday, Nov. 15, (http://dmreg.co/2eCIwKf ) that Carol Hunter has been named its executive editor and a regional editor for seven other newspapers in Gannett's plains region. The Register is owned by Gannett, a media company based in McLean, Virginia. The other newspapers in Hunter's region are the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Springfield News-Leader in Missouri, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Sioux Falls Argus Leader in South Dakota, St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, Great Falls Tribune in Montana and Baxter Bulletin in Arkansas. The 59-year-old Hunter is a graduate of the University of Kansas school of journalism and served as executive editor of the Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for eight years before joining the Register. Annah Backstrom will succeed Hunter as news director, and Kelli Brown is being promoted from multimedia strategist to audience and multimedia director.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • NOV. 16, 2016
Karl Ritter named AP's Southern Europe news director
Karl Ritter, The Associated Press' bureau chief for the Nordic and Baltic countries and a lead reporter on climate change, has been appointed Southern Europe News Director. In his new role, Ritter will lead a team of text, photo and video journalists covering Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Malta and Cyprus — a vast region on the front lines of the mass migration of people that is reshaping our world.
The appointment was announced Friday, Nov. 11, by Caro Kriel, AP's news director for Europe. Born in Switzerland, raised in Sweden and Spain and educated in the United States, Ritter worked as an associate producer at local TV station KTVK in Phoenix before joining the AP in 2000 as an intern in the Rome bureau. He became a staff reporter in Stockholm and transferred to London as an editor on the newly formed Europe Desk in 2004. He returned to Stockholm as news editor a year later and was quickly promoted to bureau chief.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS NOV. 1, 2016
Oregon’s Statesman Journal names new executive editor
Northwest native Cherrill Crosby has been named executive editor of the Statesman Journal, of Salem, Oregon. Crosby, who replaces Michael Davis, comes to Salem from The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, where she has been director of the News Watchdog Center. The Arizona Republic and the Statesman Journal are both part of the USA TODAY NETWORK owned by Gannett. Crosby grew up on a family owned and operated farm in southwest Idaho about 30 miles from the Oregon border. She has worked primarily in the West during her 30-year career, including as managing editor at The Idaho Statesman in Boise before joining The Arizona Republic.
New editor and news director at Monroe's The News-Star
USA Today Network Gulf Region executive editor James Flachsenhaar announced Wednesday, Oct. 26, that Jeff Gauger, editor of The Times in Shreveport, Louisiana, will also serve as executive editor of The News-Star. He succeeds Kathy Spurlock, The News-Star's executive editor and general manager, who retired Monday. Flachsenhaar also named Content Coach Mark Henderson the organization's news director. Gauger is former editor and publisher of the Greensboro News & Record. He has spent 18 years as a senior editor at various publications and has been the top editor of award-winning dailies in two markets. Henderson has worked at The News-Star since 1978. He has served as a copy editor, news editor, business editor, features editor, assistant city editor, city editor and watchdog and storytelling coach.
New editor named at a suburban edition of Tribune-Review
Veteran newsman Andrew Fraser has been named editor of the Valley News Dispatch edition of the Tribune-Review in suburban Pittsburgh. He had been business editor at the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh since 2013. Trib Total Media (http://bit.ly/2esaYNH ) says the 53-year-old Fraser replaces Jeff Domenick. He's now editor of the company's 11 Gateway weekly papers. Fraser worked for The Associated Press for many years, starting as a reporter in Hartford, Connecticut. He was also a business writer in New York, the news editor in Miami, and assistant chief of bureau in Philadelphia. He also worked as a deputy national editor and deputy money and investing editor with The Wall Street Journal Online. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is becoming an online-only publication Dec. 1, with the last print edition hitting newsstands Nov. 30.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT. 25, 2016
Kim Johnson Flodin new Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma news editor
Kim Johnson Flodin, a veteran photo-news journalist and editor at The Associated Press, has been named news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. "This promotion reflects AP's move toward a cross-platform management structure and plays to Kim's strengths of sound news judgment and organizational skills," said Maud Beelman, editor for the three-state region. In her new role, Flodin will work with AP reporters and photographers throughout the three states to break news on the biggest stories of the day as well as to produce deeply reported enterprise that sets the news agenda.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT, 18, 2016
Aritz Parra new AP chief correspondent for Iberia
Aritz Parra, a multi-format journalist based in Beijing, China, has been named The Associated Press' chief correspondent for Iberia. In his new role, Parra will head a team of text journalists in Spain and Portugal, and be the cooperative's chief Spanish-language correspondent in Europe. He will report to AP's news director for Southern Europe, as well as all-format leaders in Mexico City, headquarters of AP's Spanish-language service. The appointment was announced Friday by Paul Haven and Caro Kriel, directors of news for Latin America and Europe, respectively. "Spain has always been of intense interest and outsized importance to our clients in Latin America, whether it be politics, culture the economy or sports," said Haven.
Paul Bryant named managing editor of Nacogdoches, Texas, Sentinel
City Editor Paul Bryant is the new managing editor of The Daily Sentinel, of Nacogdoches, Texas. In the past four years, he has won 29 awards from three press associations, including Star Reporter of the Year in 2016, Star Investigative Report of the Year in 2015 and 2013, and Journalist of the Year in 2014 and 2013. A New Orleans native and son of a retired newspaper publisher, Bryant joined The Sentinel as a beat reporter in May 2012 and was named city editor in September of that year. He succeeds Ryan, who has been named publisher. Bryant’s 22-year career has included newspapers in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Before joining The Sentinel, he was an editor for Bluebonnet Publishing, managing newsrooms in Chandler, Bullard and Lake Palestine.
Courier-Journal executive editor Neil Budde resigns
The Courier-Journal reports that its executive editor is stepping down after three years in the role. The newspaper reported on Friday (http://cjky.it/2dpl3Kk) that Neil Budde, who took the position in 2013 with a goal of expanding the newspaper's presence digitally and online, resigned from the position. Budde said he's proud of the paper's transformation into a digital leader and hopes its goes even further under its next leader. C-J President Wes Jackson says Gannett Company Inc., which owns the newspaper, has begun a search for a new editor to oversee Kentucky's largest newspaper.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT. 11, 2016
Jonathan Mattise named reporter in AP's Nashville bureau
Jonathan Mattise, an award-winning reporter who helped lead The Associated Press' coverage of a massive chemical spill in West Virginia, is joining the AP's Nashville bureau. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Ravi Nessman, AP's interim editor for the South Region, and Scott Stroud, news editor for Appalachia. "Mattise is a resourceful reporter who has a deep knowledge of the region. His natural storytelling ability and his doggedness, which held state government accountable in West Virginia, will prove assets for our coverage in Tennessee," Nessman said.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT. 5, 2016
Jill Jorden Spitz named Arizona Daily Star editor
Jill Jorden Spitz has been named editor at the Arizona Daily Star. Jorden Spitz joined the Star in 1998 as a reporter and also has served as business editor, assistant managing editor and was most recently a senior editor. Most of her time at the Star has been focused on watchdog and investigative reporting; projects she directed and edited have won 15 Lee Enterprises’ President’s Awards or other national honors. She is active in state and national journalism organizations including Associated Press Media Editors and is past president and a longtime board member of both the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Arizona Press Club.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS SEPT. 27, 2016
Burkett appointed new editor of Pharos-Tribune
Kevin Burkett, an accomplished journalist and native of Logansport, Indiana, has been appointed editor of The Pharos-Tribune, effective Oct. 3. A member of the Logansport City Council since January, Burkett has resigned from that elected position. He is also stepping down from his part-time teaching position at the Century Career Center. Burkett returned to Logansport two years ago after 17 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a newspaper that’s won 15 Pulitzer Prizes since 1980. He started there as a news artist in 1997 and left in 2014 as deputy managing editor. Robyn McCloskey, publisher of The Pharos-Tribune, said the paper is fortunate Burkett returned to his hometown and now is renewing his journalism career.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS SEPT. 20, 2016
AP names Delano Massey Ohio news editor
Delano Massey, a multimedia reporter and newsroom leader, has been named Ohio news editor for The Associated Press. The appointment was announced Monday, Sept. 19, by Karen Testa, the news cooperative's editor for the east region of the United States. As news editor, Massey will work with AP journalists based in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati to develop the most competitive enterprise and spot stories, and to hold public officials accountable through strong records reporting. Massey, 37, joins AP from WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, where he worked with a converged newsroom as digital director. He led coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the NBA championship for the Cavaliers.
City editor Chaney promoted to editor of Independent Record
Jesse Chaney, the city editor of the Independent Record newspaper in Helena, Montana, has been promoted to editor. Chaney began working as city editor in May 2014 and was named interim editor when Greg Lemon left the paper eight months ago for a position with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Tyler Miller, publisher of the Independent Record and The Montana Standard, says Chaney has provided leadership, dedication and excitement to the IR newsroom and is a great asset. The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/2cwpfas ) Chaney will report to David McCumber, the editor of the Standard who was recently named central Montana editor for Lee Enterprises. Chaney says he's excited to play a larger role in the direction of the IR's news coverage.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS SEPT. 13, 2016
Laura Elder named new Galveston County managing editor
Laura Elder, business editor of The Galveston County Daily News, has been named the daily's new managing editor. She succeeds Scott E. Williams, who died of a heart attack Aug. 17. The Daily News (http://bit.ly/2cG7V1z) reports Elder will continue to edit the newspaper's business pages, as well as Coast Monthly magazine and the League City and clear Lake Connection editions. Elder joined the newspaper as a business reporter in 2000. She lives in Galveston with her husband, Galveston County Daily News Editor Michael A. Smith.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 30, 2016
Ex-Denver Post editor Greg Moore to teach at CU
A former Denver Post editor has been named a visiting professor at the University of Colorado and will teach a seminar on the Boulder campus this fall. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2bLR4cA ) that Greg Moore will teach a five-week seminar starting in October called "Deadlines and Disruptions: New Issues in the News." The one-credit course for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. He will also partner with faculty to teach sessions in two journalism courses.
Colleen McCain Nelson joins Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Star has hired Colleen McCain Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer, to lead its editorial page — just as soon as she finishes covering the U.S. presidential race for The Wall Street Journal. The Star also has hired Eric Nelson, her husband, to lead its digital news operations. He currently is head of digital content for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
Two top editors retiring as downsizing continues at Tribune-Review
Two top editors at the Pittsburgh-based Tribune-Review newspapers are retiring and another has resigned as the publishing company continues to downsize and restructure its operations. Trib Total Media said in a memo to employees that Frank Craig, its editor, and James Cuddy, its managing editor, will retire effective immediately. Duke Maas, deputy managing editor for sports, “resigned to pursue new career opportunities,” according to the memo from Jennifer Bertetto, the company’s president and chief executive. Luis Fabregas, who was formerly deputy managing editor, medical editor and investigative reporter, was named editor of the Tribune-Review’s Pittsburgh edition. He will also continue to oversee the company’s weekly newspapers. Sue McFarland, editor of the paper’s Westmoreland edition, will continue to lead that operation based in Greensburg, and will also manage the paper’s Valley News Dispatch edition based in Tarentum.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 23, 2016
Pat Donahue named editor of Times-Enterprise in Thomasville, Georgia
Pat Donahue has been named editor of the Thomasville (Georgia) Times-Enterprise. Donahue came to Thomasville from the Effingham Herald, where he served as editor for the past decade. He previously worked as an assistant sports editor at the Chattanooga Times Free-Press and executive editor of the Coastal Courier. During his 28-year newspaper career he has won numerous journalism awards for news writing, business coverage, sports and design.
Robert L. Kaiser named executive editor of two New York papers
Robert L. Kaiser has been named executive editor of two New York papers, the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union Sun & Journal. Kaiser, 53, will oversee the editorial operations of both newspapers, effective Aug. 29. The Lexington, Kentucky, native is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared not only in the Chicago Tribune but also in Chicago Tribune Magazine, The Washington Post, Buffalo Spree and Best Newspaper Writing 2000.
Jenkins retires as Sioux City (Iowa) Journal news editor after 30 years
Jim Jenkins is retiring after 30 years with the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal. He joined the Journal staff as a copy editor on Aug. 12, 1986. Three years later, he was promoted to news editor. When told the Journal was going to do this story on him, "I can see you doing stories on guys out in the public, but I just come in here and sit," he humbly responded. He is 67.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 16, 2016
Julie Beer named editor of Goshen (Indiana) News
Julie Beer has been named editor of The Goshen (Indiana) News. Beer, who had been the education reporter for the paper since 2014 and writes under the byline Julie Crothers Beer, was named this week to replace Michael Wanbaugh. Wanbaugh recently left the position to take a newsroom job at The South Bend Tribune. Beer is the first female editor of The News, which is one of the oldest businesses in northern Indiana. The paper, through its predecessors, dates to 1837.
Rhonda Prast named the Idaho Statesman’s new executive editor
Rhonda Prast has been named executive editor at the Idaho Statesman, where she replaces Vicki Gowler, who retired in March after a decade at the paper’s helm. This is Prast’s first executive editor position. She is Statesman Publisher Debra Leithauser’s pick to lead the organization further into this new era of journalism, which is driven more and more by digital and visual content. She previously worked at a variety of papers, including the Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Kansas City Star.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 9, 2016
York (Pennsylvania) Daily editor takes on added regional role for Gannett
The editor of the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record/Sunday News is taking on an additional editing role as a result of the newspaper's acquisition last year by Gannett. McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. has tapped Jim McClure as regional editor for the Atlantic Group of its USA Today network. In that position, he will coordinate regional coverage among six Gannett newsrooms, in Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Salisbury, Maryland. McClure joined the York Daily Record in 1989 as managing editor. He has been the newspaper's top editor since 2004.
Perryman to retire from The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky
After spending more than a decade wearing a number of hats in newsroom of The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky, Managing Editor Don Perryman is hanging them all on the rack. Perryman will retire later this month from a 13-year career of bringing local news to Hopkins County. He has been on medical leave since March. "Doctors recommended that I step away from it," he said. "Now I am going to try to get to feeling better."
Daily Hampshire Gazette hires investigative reporter Dan Crowley as managing editor
Dan Crowley, a long-time reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has been named the Gazette's new managing editor. The paper is published in Northampton, Massachusetts. Crowley, 45, joined the Gazette's staff on Sept. 11, 2001, and has covered a range of beats for the paper. His enterprise and investigative work has been recognized by the New England Newspaper and Press Association, most recently for his examination of financial abuses and oversight failures in the state's funeral homes. Crowley fills a vacancy left by former managing editor Samantha Wood, who left the Gazette in June for a job at the Berkshire Eagle.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 2, 2016
New Salt Lake Tribune owner replaces top editor
The new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune has made his first major editorial staffing move, replacing longtime Editor Terry Orme with Jennifer Napier-Pearce, a former staffer who had recently left for a university political institute. Paul Huntsman said in a statement that Napier-Pearce, who worked at the paper as a multimedia journalist, will help strengthen digital offerings that he called a "crucial lifeline" to the newspaper's future. She will return on Sept. 1 to take over from Orme, who started as a copy boy at the Tribune nearly 40 years ago and rose through the ranks to become editor and publisher in 2013. He dropped his publisher title when Huntsman took over the paper in May.
Des Moines Register executive editor named to new position at Gannett
The executive editor of The Des Moines Register has been promoted to a new position with Gannett. The Register announced (http://dmreg.co/2aDvJn0 ) that Amalie Nash, its executive editor and vice president for news and engagement, has been named Gannett's west region executive editor. The Register is owned by Gannett, a media company based in McLean, Virginia. In her new role, Nash will oversee about 50 news organizations in the Midwest and West. She will work with East Region Executive Editor Manny Garcia. Register news director Carol Hunter will work as interim editor until Nash's replacement is hired.
McClatchy promotes news executive Tim Grieve
McClatchy named Tim Grieve, who currently leads the company’s digital readership efforts, its vice president of news. Grieve will replace Anders Gyllenhaal effective Oct. 4. Gyllenhaal, 64, is stepping into a new role as senior editor and director of leadership and development. McClatchy owns The Sacramento Bee and 28 other daily newspapers. Grieve, 52, started his career as a reporter at The Bee. He later served as editor-in-chief of the National Journal and worked as congressional bureau chief and managing editor of Politico and as founding editor of Politico Pro. He joined McClatchy last year. With his promotion, he will move back to Sacramento after a decade in Washington.
Seguin (Texas) Gazette names new managing editor
Seguin (Texas) Gazette Editor and Publisher Jeff Fowler announced the appointment of Travis Webb as the newspaper’s new managing editor. The 34-year-old Webb comes to Seguin from the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung where he was the assistant managing editor under former Gazette managing editor Chris Lykins. Webb replaces Kuhn, who was named the assistant managing editor of The Facts, after a little more than a year at the Gazette.
Snow named Murray (Kentucky) Ledger & Times managing editor
Murray Ledger & Times Publisher Mike Davis has announced that David Snow is the newspaper’s new managing editor. Snow comes back to Murray after serving as the editor and reporter for The Eagle Post of Oak Grove, a subsidiary weekly newspaper of the Kentucky New Era of Hopkinsville. Snow covered news in south Christian County, including military news from the nearby Fort Campbell Army post.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JULY 26, 2016
New editor named at Spokesman-Review
Rob Curley has been named the new editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. The Spokesman-Review reports (http://goo.gl/WdBQTW ) Curley will replace editor Gary Graham who is retiring in the fall. Curley, 45, most recently worked at the Orange County Register and previously worked at the Las Vegas Sun and The Washington Post. He's also developed websites at several newspapers.
Brad Phenow named Rice County regional editor for APG Media of Southern Minnesota
Northfield News Associate Editor Brad Phenow has been named Rice County Regional Editor for APG Media of Southern Minnesota, replacing Jerry Smith. Smith resigned to pursue a job opportunity on the East Coast. The Regional Editor position is based at the Faribault Daily News and directs newsroom operations for the company’s Rice County publications as well as the Kenyon Leader.
Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio hired as Missoulian city editor
Award-winning journalist and author Gwen Florio has returned to the Missoulian as its city editor, where she will help direct coverage of news throughout the region. Florio, who has been both a reporter and editor since joining the Missoulian in 2007, won the Lee Enterprises President’s Award for her coverage of the way police, prosecutors and the University of Montana handled rape allegations in Missoula in 2012. Before moving to Montana to cover the Capitol in 2005 for the Great Falls Tribune, Florio worked for the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore News-American and The Associated Press. She took a break from journalism in 2013 to write fiction full time and is the author of three successful novels with two others in the pipeline.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JULY 19, 2016
A Philadelphia Inquirer editor tapped to head WHYY news
A managing editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer is leaving to become the top news executive at public radio station WHYY in Philadelphia. The station said Sandra Clark will be replacing Chris Satullo, also a former Inquirer editor. He left the station in September. Clark has been the Inquirer's managing editor for features, operation and digital.
Pace leaves Kentucky New Era editor's job
Eli Pace, who joined the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville as editor in September 2011, has resigned from his position with the newspaper, Publisher Taylor Wood Hayes said. Hayes said the newspaper is exploring options to improve the newsroom’s operations and will not immediately fill the vacancy created by Pace’s departure. Hayes said Jennifer P. Brown, the New Era’s opinion editor, will handle day-to-day operations in the newsroom. Brown has been with the newspaper for approximately 30 years.
Sawyer leaving Illinois paper for Iowa State University position
Gary Sawyer, editor and general manager of the Herald & Review of Decatur, Illinois, has accepted a position as lecturer in the Iowa State University Journalism and Mass Communication Department, beginning with the fall semester. Sawyer, 60, has been editor of the Herald & Review for the past 15 years and has worked for the organization’s parent company, Lee Enterprises Inc., for 35 years.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS: JULY 12, 2016
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JULY 5, 2016
Plain Dealer Editor George Rodrigue adds GM title, names Tim Warsinskey managing editor
George Rodrigue, the editor of The Plain Dealer since January 2015, will now have the additional title of General Manager. The new role means he will be responsible for local circulation, production, human resources, and financial operations for The Plain Dealer Publishing Co., which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Plain Dealer's last general manager and chief financial officer was Virginia Wang, who left the company at the end of 2015. Rodrigue also announced that he has appointed Timothy Warsinskeyas The Plain Dealer's managing editor, a role that has been vacant since Thom Fladungleft the newspaper in July 2015. Warsinskey has been a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer since 1990 and has won numerous writing, reporting and community service awards.
Don Shelton named Seattle Times editor
Don Shelton, sports editor of The Seattle Times, has been named the publication's new editor. The announcement was made by Publisher Frank Blethen, who said "Don is the perfect person to lead and inspire us through our essential next step in adapting to a rapidly changing, challenging and volatile environment." Shelton became sports editor in 2009. During his tenure the section won 11 "top 10" awards at the Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Earlier this year the newspaper's sports department earned its first "Grand Slam" _ winning four top 10 awards in the daily, Sunday and special sections in its circulation category as well as for its website. Shelton has worked at The Seattle Times for 29 years.
Dave Bohrer named editor of Meridian (Mississippi) Star
The Meridian (Mississippi) Star has named Dave Bohrer as the paper's new editor. The paper (http://bit.ly/297DgsW ) reports that Bohrer comes to Meridian from the Star-Gazette in Elmira, New York. During his 38-year career, he has also held positions at other newspapers in the New York area, including the Ithaca Journal.