A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

People and places: April

By Quill

Brewer to lead City Paper

Clint Brewer recently was named executive editor of the City Paper in Nashville, Tenn. Brewer was previously the managing editor of the Lebanon Democrat, which had won during his tenure back-to-back Malcolm Law awards as well as public service awards from the Tennessee Press Association.

As a reporter for the Democrat in the 1990s, Brewer won four Malcolm Law Memorial Awards for investigative reporting from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editor’s Contest. After owning a Mt. Juliet newspaper, Brewer returned to the Democrat in 2002 to turn around the paper’s news operation after it was purchased by Sandusky Newspapers Inc. Brewer, 35, is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists national board of directors and has served on the Tennessee Press Association board.

“Nashville deserves to be a two-newspaper town,” Brewer said. “I look forward to leading The City Paper staff and to providing Nashville with a newspaper that focuses intensely on local news and local voices.”

Dubin honored by Northwestern

Northwestern University recently awarded Howard Dubin an alumni service award at a black-tie dinner on April 1. But the recognition won’t end there. The Medill School of Journalism is inducting him into their hall of fame at a dinner April 24. Dubin is current treasurer and past president of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and an SDX board member for 17 years. He served on the SPJ board for nine years with three years as secretary-treasurer. He has chaired the SPJ national committees on finance, planning, membership and facility location. He currently is treasurer of both the Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago Headline Club Foundation and is on the executive committee of Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists.

Cote inducted into Hall of Fame

Longtime SPJ Mid-Michigan Chapter member Bill Cote was recently selected as a 2006 inductee to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Cote, an SPJ member since 1961 and former chapter treasurer, has spent decades pursuing the objectives of the national organization’s mission to improve and protect journalism. A retired Michigan State University journalism professor and former state government reporter for Booth Newspapers, he helped found the Victims and the Media program and Capital News Service at MSU.

“Bill Cote earned a reputation as a tenacious but exceedingly fair journalist during his reporting career, and he spent many years passing those attributes along to journalism students at Michigan State University,” said Kathy Barks Hoffman, chapter past president and an Associated Press Lansing correspondent.

He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during an April 22 ceremony at MSU, which houses the hall program in its school of journalism. Fellow 2006 inductees include Mary Lou Butcher, Ed Kearney, Luster Lamar “Les” Root and John K. Teahen Jr.

Humor columnist hits super highway

Award-winning humor columnist Tom Hill of Sharon, Vt., has launched a Web site for his self-syndicated column www.halfabubbleoffplumb.com. Hill has been writing the column for various northern New England newspapers since 1980; most recently, it was published from 1997 to 2005 in the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., where Hill held several editorial posts.

Willis honored

Jack Willis, editorial adviser of the University of Oklahoma’s The Oklahoma Daily student newspaper and instructor for OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, was honored with the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalist’s first Journalism Teacher of the Year award.

Willis came to the University of Oklahoma in 1993 after spending nearly 20 years at the Muskogee Daily Phoenix, where he began as a copy editor before working his way up to editor in 1986. His first work as a professional journalist was in 1958 as a reporter for the Tahlequah Times. Willis earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University.