Around the (Boston) Globe And Now He's Back Again
By Jean Cobb
Jean Cobb is a former AJR managing editor.
When he resigned from the Boston Globe in 1985, Matthew Storin didn't think he'd ever be back. After 16 years with the paper – and after Michael Janeway had been named editor, the spot Storin wanted – he left his position as managing editor and the newspaper disappointed.
Seven years later, Storin returns to the Globe as executive editor, filling a spot left vacant when Benjamin Taylor joined the business staff in April 1991. As second-in-command to Editor J ack Driscoll , is Storin again gunning for the top spot? "I'm not going to put myself through that [turmoil] again," he says. "I work very, very well with Jack Driscoll. He can stay another 40 years as far as I'm concerned."
Storin, 49, spent the past three years as executive editor of the New York Daily News , where his tenure coincided with a difficult strike and bankruptcy proceedings. The paper was a "divided house..[where] there was not the kind of team spirit I'm used to," Storin says. Still, he says, life and work in Big Apple "has been an exhilirating experience."
After leaving the Globe in 1985, Storin worked as deputy M.E. at U.S. News & World Report and editor of the Chicago Sun Times . In 1987, wanting to "try something other than the high-wire act," he left Chicago to take over the weekly, 22,000-circulation Maine Times . He says he enjoyed small-town life in Topsham, but "got bored after awhile."
As the Globe's executive editor, Storin will assume responsibility for the newsroom's day-to-day operations. Known for his drive and hot temper – a temper he insists he tamed long ago – Storin wouldn't discuss any changes he has in mind for the newspaper. But, he says, "They didn't hire me because they want it to stand still." ###