People and Places
Diane H. McFarlin, publisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida, took over as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors on April 12. Joining McFarlin in ASNE’s leadership are Peter K. Bhatia, executive editor, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., as vice president; Karla Garrett Harshaw, editor, Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun, as secretary; and Rick Rodriguez, executive editor, The Sacramento (Calif.)
Now that it’s held two memorial services for Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal is planning a more permanent tribute to its slain journalist. This summer, The Journal, in conjunction with the Free Press publishing house, will release an anthology of Pearl’s reporting, The New York Observer reported.
The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman has appointed three editors to new leadership positions, according to The Associated Press. Former news editor John Bridges, 36, was named metro editor. He has been an editor at the American-Statesman for 13 years. His previous positions include news copy editor, copy desk chief, nation-world editor and news editor.
Police in Tyler, Texas, shot and killed a 73-year-old man on New Year’s Day after he apparently set fire to his home and then shot at those responding to the blaze. A Tyler Morning Telegraph newspaper reporter and photographer were injured in the shooting.
The New York Times Co. has named William M. Abrams, 48, a former newspaper reporter and ABC News executive, as the new head of its television unit, NYT Television. The division produces documentary and other non-fiction programs, mainly for cable channels such as Discovery Channel, Showtime, and The Learning Channel, according to The Associated Press.
Henry B. Haitz III, general manager of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., will become the newspaper’s president and publisher effective Jan. 1, according to The Associated Press. Haitz, 37, has been general manager since June 2000 and will replace publisher Lou Heldman, who is leaving to become president and publisher of The Wichita (Kan.)
Par Ridder, vice president and advertising director of The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, Calif., since 1999, became president and publisher effective Nov. 1, the newspaper’s corporate parent, Knight Ridder, announced. In the two years he has been advertising director, ad revenue has grown at a faster pace than at any other Knight Ridder paper, the company said.
At the St. Petersburg Times in late July, Robert Hooker was named deputy managing editor and Tim Nickens, the newspaper’s political editor, was named metro editor. Hooker, a 30-year employee of the Times, served as metro editor for the past five years.
Robert H. Wills, a past national president of SPJ and veteran Wisconsin newsman, has been inducted into the newly created Wisconsin Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame. Wills worked in various capacities at both the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Sentinel (the two papers merged in 1995).
After nearly 30 years as chairman of The Copley Press Inc., Helen K. Copley announced her retirement April 26. Succeeding her is her son, David C. Copley. Since 1997, David Copley, 49, has been president and chief executive officer of the company established in 1905 by his grandfather.