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From AJR,   June 2002

Double Dipping   

The Chicago Tribune lures a high-powered couple from the rival Sun Times: Managing Editor Joycelyn Winnecke and Sports Editor Bill Adee.

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     


The Chicago Tribune reaches across the street to steal Managing Editor Joycelyn Winnecke and Sports Editor Bill Adee from the Sun-Times. The couple, who met at the paper eight years ago and married five years later, "were both very happy at the Sun-Times," says Adee, when first he and then Winnecke were offered jobs. Tribune Managing Editor James O'Shea says he and Editor Ann Marie Lipinski discussed trying to hire the two before the jobs opened up. Winnecke, 40, steps into a newly created position, associate managing editor for national news--a job formerly combined with foreign news. Adee, 37, a Chicago-area native who became the Sun-Times' sports editor nine years ago, will be one of two sports editors under Associate Managing Editor Dan McGrath. Adee says the Trib did its best to keep their job offers separate, though he and Winnecke knew they wanted to stay on the same team. "We didn't want to be coming home saying, 'Hey, we kicked your butt today,' " he says. Formerly, Winnecke was a Washington correspondent for Indiana's Evansville Courier and a food columnist for Scripps Howard.

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