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SOCIETY OF AMERICAN BUSINESS EDITORS AND WRITERS ELECTS PRESIDENT

 NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- James M. Kennedy, business news editor of The Associated Press, has been elected president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
 Kennedy led a slate of new officers and board members elected by the national organization of business journalists at its annual meeting in New York last week.
 The organization also approved the launch of a fund-raising campaign to create an endowed chair in business journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
 Other officer elected were:
 - Gary Klott, author and syndicated columnist for National Newspaper Syndicate, vice president.
 -- Debra Whitefield, Newsday's assistant managing editor for business news, treasurer.
 -- Jodi Schneider, deputy managing editor for business news at The Orlando Sentinel, secretary.
 William Barnhart, financial markets columnist for the Chicago Tribune, was re-elected editor of the organization's newsletter, The Business Journalist.
 Named to the board of governors of SABEW were Peter Behr of The Washington Post, Rodney Brooks of USA Today, Mark Calvey of The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Henry Dubroff of The Denver Post, Steve Dunphy of The Seattle Times, Cheryl Hall of The Dallas Morning News, Lisa Holton of the Chicago Sun-Times, Charles Jaffe of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., Myron Kandel of Cable News Network, Richard Papiernick of The Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, Mark Rohner of Gannett News Service, Rex Seline of The Miami Herald, Peter Sinton of the San Francisco Chronicle and Tom Walsh of The Detroit Free Press.
 Randall Smith, assistant managing editor of The Kansas City Star, retained an ex-officio board seat as immediate past president.
 The endowment project approved by the membership would establish a SABEW chair for graduate and mid-career studies in business and financial journalism. A total of $1.1 million would be raised from media companies or foundations with the help of the University of Missouri at Columbia, Mo., where the SABEW administrative offices are based.
 SABEW is a 30-year-old organization with more than 1,800 members across the country.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Kennedy of SABEW, 212-621-1680/


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