From AJR, December 2001 issue
Heeding the Call
Ardith Hilliard becomes editor of Allentown, Pennsylvania's Morning Call
after 12 years and a string of editing jobs at the Los Angeles Times.
By Kathryn S. Wenner
Ardith Hilliard gets her first chance to run her own newsroom, stepping
into the editor's job at Allentown, Pennsylvania's Morning Call. During
12 years at the Los Angeles Times, the last two as associate editor and
assistant to the editor, Hilliard, 54, says she'd often thought she'd
like such an opportunity but hadn't been actively seeking it when she
was approached for the job at the 128,000-circulation daily. (Both
papers are owned by Tribune Co.) "I tend not to be the kind of person
who has a five-year plan," she says, and the Times is a hard place to
leave. Allentown "just seemed like a fascinating place and a beautiful
place," she says. Hilliard started with the Times as deputy city editor
of the Orange County edition in 1989. During eight years at the San
Fernando Valley edition she rose from city editor to editor and helped
direct breaking news coverage that led to Pulitzer Prizes for the Times
in 1993, 1995 and 1998.
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at
the Washington Post.