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From AJR,   July/August 2002

Hutton at the Helm   

The Detroit Free Press promotes Managing Editor Carole Leigh Hutton to head the newsroom after the death of Executive Editor Robert G. McGruder.

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

After helping guide the Detroit Free Press newsroom through a bitter strike and the death of Executive Editor Robert G. McGruder, Managing Editor Carole Leigh Hutton advances to the top job, becoming the first woman to hold that position in the paper's history. That's not such a big deal these days, especially at the Free Press, says Hutton, 45, who credits McGruder with aggressively hiring and promoting women and people of color. "Bob McGruder and I were very much in sync in our goals," she says. She describes Detroit as "a great news town" with lots of stories, two major dailies and a number of good smaller newspapers. "The whole idea is we want to connect with more readers," she says.