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From AJR,   July/August 2001

Sending a Signal   

The Austin American-Statesman creates a new position, AME/enterprise.

By AJR Staff

T he Austin American Statesman appoints Maria Henson , deputy editorial page editor, to a newly created position, assistant managing editor/ enterprise. "Maria is a writer's dream," says Editor Rich Oppel . "She's a gifted thinker and writer." Henson won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for editorials on domestic violence written for Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader . Henson, 41, was Washington bureau chief for the Arkansas Gazette before joining the Herald-Leader's editorial board in 1989. The best ideas for enterprise stories, says Henson, will come from the troops. "I'll be listening to reporters, assembling a team and listening for those stories that need extra attention." Oppel says he wants "to send a signal that we believe in the necessity and value of enterprise a time when everybody is cinching their