MACON, Ga. – It’s Wednesday, Feb. 4, and I’ve been on the job as managing editor of The Macon Telegraph for two days. Our longtime business reporter is chasing a story about how the Tour de Georgia (don’t laugh; yes, the Tour de Georgia will be Lance Armstrong’s warm-up before the Tour de France) may start in Macon this April.
Tony Cox, who spent 31 years as a reporter and anchor in Los Angeles, thought he had found a comfortable second career when the president of a college in Southern California asked him out to lunch. Tired of the daily grind in the newsroom, Cox wanted to go next into teaching broadcast journalism – preferably at an urban university with a large number of Hispanics and African-Americans.
Will Sutton, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, was standing in the middle of a swank Washington, D.C., museum lobby, chatting with colleagues at the 2000 American Society of Newspaper Editors convention when an old friend approached. Sutton turned to the friend, now a journalism professor, and his face turned from jovial to glum.