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From AJR,   September 1991


By Unknown

In And Out Of Print: VeteranPhiladelphia Daily News

columnist Chuck Stone , the paper's first black columnist, is leaving the newspaper fold. He's heading to the classroom as a professor at the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Since joining the Daily News in 1972, Stone has become a Philadelphia celebrity, known for his outspoken columns on racism and local politicians. Elmer Smith replaces Stone... Kathryn Christensen returns to the fold as managing editor of The Baltimore Sun after a year-and-a-half stint as senior producer of ABC's "World News Tonight." Most of her experience has been in print – including 11 years with The Wall Street Journal .

Around The Newsroom: Proving it doesn't hold a grudge, the fledgling New York Observer has hired Spy magazine Co-founder and Co-editor E. Graydon Carter as editor of the weekly peach-colored broadsheet that has been a target of Spy 's scorn...In the middle of the city's hot newspaper war, Jennifer Preston is moving up at New York Newsday . Preston was promoted to City Hall bureau chief after five years on the city government beat. "The first thing you do in the morning is pick up the other papers and pray they don't have something you don't have," Preston says. "Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't and sometimes you kick their butts." She replaces Bill Murphy , who will be reporting for the paper's metro desk... Rex Smith , former Albany bureau chief for Newsday , is the new editor of The Record in Troy, New York...Aileen Mehle, a.k.a. Suzy , is leaving The New York Post to write her society column for Fairchild Publications. Mehle's revelations about the rich and famous will now appear in Women's Wear Daily and W . William Norwich , formerly of the New York Daily News , will take her place at the Post ...Despite his earlier protestations that he was not, James Hoge is resigning as publisher of the Daily News . Hoge will continue as a consultant for Maxwell Communications, which bought the News following its devastating strike last spring...Meanwhile, far west of Gotham, Teresa Watanabe and Karl Schoenberger are trading places at the Los Angeles Times . Watanabe replaces Schoenberger in the paper's Tokyo bureau and Schoenberger is taking over Watanabe's post as Los Angeles-based Asian business writer...At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sherrie Marshall is promoted from assistant city editor to St. Paul city editor. She replaces Sylvia Rector , who moved to Detroit... Neil Roland leaves The Miami Herald to join the 2,350- circulation Palm Beach Review as investigative editor. The Review is part of Stephen Brill 's chain of business and law dailies... William McKenzie is now an editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News . McKenzie had been editor of the Ripon Forum , the bimonthly magazine of the Republican Ripon Society, since 1981... Edward R. Moss is the new publisher of The Californian , a southwest Riverside County daily... Kent Pollock is promoted from metro editor to assistant M.E./metro at The Sacramento Bee . And Amy Chance is replacing Rick Rodriguez as deputy capitol bureau chief for the Bee . Rodriguez is training for a management spot as an assistant M.E. at the paper... Howard Saltz leaves the helm of The Argus in Fremont, California, to take over as editor of The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Both papers are operated by the Houston-based MediaNews Group... James Carey is the new president and publisher of the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press . He replaces Donna Donovan , who becomes president and publisher of the Utica (New York) Observer-Dispatch .

Maglines: Corporate salary expert Graef Crystal leaves Fortune to write a monthly column for Financial World . Crystal will also do FW 's annual executive salary story... WJR Managing Editor Thomas J. Colin is leaving to become M.E. at The CQ Researcher ... Philadelphia Magazine Publisher David LipsonJr. gives longtime editor Ron Javers his walking papers after a dispute about the mag's annual "Best of Philly" story. Copyeditor Ellin Martens , defending Lipson against charges that he was interfering on behalf of advertisers, says Javers was "mad because David got an advance galley." Javers then "deleted mention of some winners because they were some of David's favorites." Lipson also denied that the firing was done to appease advertisers. "There's nothing more important to me than the editorial integrity of Philadelphia magazine," Lipson says. "It's an institution in this city and I would not screw it up." Javers, who declines to comment on the dispute, is looking for work in New York and Washington...In a Time Inc. change, Ann Moore , formerly publisher of Sports Illustrated for Kids , is named publisher of People . Susan Sachs takes over as publisher at Sports Illustrated for Kids . Sachs was formerly an associate ad director for Time magazine. Moore replaces Lisa Valk , who moves on to the publisher's office at Time . Valk's predecessor, Robert Miller , is now president of Time Publishing Ventures, Inc. in California.

Networking: CNN's Charles Crawford is now science editor for the network's affiliate news service, NEWSOURCE. Crawford will continue his regular anchor duties for the network...Meanwhile, Paul Amos , who developed NEWSOURCE for CNN, is jumping to the Fox News Service as executive vice president. Amos was executive VP for news programming and production at CNN and served as co-executive producer for its coverage of the Gulf War... Ben Blank retires after 29 years as director of graphics for ABC News. Blank is credited with creating many of the graphic techniques that are now industry standards, including the over-the-shoulder graphic display for news stories. His replacement is Katherine Dillon , promoted from associate director of broadcast graphics.

Broadcast News: Canadian broadcasting veteran Jennifer Ward is moving south to join Philadelphia's KYW-TV as an anchor and reporter. Ward leaves Toronto's CFTO-TV where she was noon anchor... Jon Keller , chief political reporter at The Boston Phoenix , will produce and host a weekly political discussion program for Boston's WLVI-TV. He will also be political analyst for the station's 10 o'clock newscast... Bill Williams is named regional manager for Conus Communications' new Rocky Mountain Regional Cooperative. The Conus Satellite News Cooperative serves more than 150 television stations that exchange news coverage daily. Williams leaves a teaching post at Iowa State University... James Prather jumps from Baltimore's WMAR-TV, where he was assistant news director, to become news director at Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV.

Airwaves: APR's "Marketplace" is getting new talent in two of its foreign bureaus. Andrew Horvat is the new chief at the Tokyo bureau, but he won't be in for a huge culture shock – he's worked in Japan for 13 years... David Brancaccio might be in for a bigger adjustment – he's leaving San Francisco's KQED-FM to head the show's London bureau...Minnesota Public Radio names Loren Omoto as news director. Omoto had been host of MPR's "Morning Edition" for five years and local producer of the program for three years prior to that.

Wired: Robert Daugherty , chief photographer for the Washington bureau of the Associated Press, becomes assistant chief of bureau for photos. He replaces Toby Massey , who is now Southeast regional photo coordinator...Meanwhile, AP is getting new news editors in five bureaus: John Dowling , former AP correspondent in Springfield, Illinois, is appointed news editor for the Minneapolis bureau. He succeeds Paula Froke , who becomes news editor in Detroit. She replaces Alan Adler , who will serve as a business writer for the Detroit bureau... Fran Richardson gets the official nod as news editor for AP in Indiana after serving as acting news editor there since September... Bill Baskervill , acting news editor in the Richmond bureau since October, also gets word that his appointment is permanent... Joel Williams is now news editor in Little Rock after four years as a correspondent in Harlingen, Texas.

In Memoriam: Harry Reasoner , founding member of the "60 Minutes" team, died of pneumonia in August following June surgery for a blood clot on the brain. Reasoner, 68, had retired as a regular correspondent for the program in May but agreed to contribute as editor emeritus. Reasoner's 27-year tenure at CBS was interrupted in 1970 when he moved to ABC to co-anchor the network's evening news. He returned to CBS and "60 Minutes" in 1978...Former CBS News Correspondent Peter Kalischer , 76, died of a heart attack in New Orleans. Kalischer was a United Press correspondent in Japan and Korea from the end of World War II to 1952. In 1957 he joined CBS to cover the Far East. From 1966 to 1978 Kalischer served as the Paris correspondent for CBS. After his retirement from the network, Kalischer was an associate professor of communications at Loyola University until 1982.

Precision Journalism?: June's "Bylines" column reported Pat Bodnar 's move to Monitor Radio's afternoon program, "Daily Edition," noting that "he" would be co-hosting with Rob Nelson . Since Pat is not, nor has she ever been, of the male persuasion, we feel compelled to offer her an apology for our pronoun abuse...In our continued effort to promote accuracy in name-dropping, the July/August column reported Ellen Soeteber 's move to deputy metro editor at the Chicago Tribune . What we meant to say was that she is now deputy editorial page editor...In the same graph, we reported that L.L. (Ike) Massey was leaving The Houston Post to join the Dallas Times Herald . Actually, Massey is leaving the Herald to join the Post , where he'll be publisher and CEO. (We did get his gender right.)



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