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

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.