Carol Marin, who resigned as NBC-TV's Chicago news anchor shortly after the hiring of talk-show host Jerry Springer, has signed on with CBS to work on local and network news shows. Reuters quoted Marin as saying she was glad to be back as a broadcaster in Chicago, "to do the kind of local news I value." Marin will work with former NBC Today host Bryant Gumbel on his new television newsmagazine for the CBS network as well as reports for CBS' Chicago television and radio outlets.
The Los Angeles Times has named Michael P. Ramirez, winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, its editorial cartoonist. Ramirez, 36, who has been editorial cartoonist since 1990 for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, will join the paper in September. Ramirez's cartoons are scheduled to appear in the Times three times a week. The paper will continue to run other syndicated cartoons, including those by Paul Conrad, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner who retired from the paper in 1993.
William Giles, a former editor of The Detroit News, was named managing editor of The Washington Times. Giles replaces 15-year Times veteran Josette Shiner, who is leaving to become president and CEO of Empower America, a conservative policy organization co-chaired by Jack Kemp and William Bennett.
Linda Stowell, chief of bureau for The Associated Press in Baltimore, succeeds retiring Philadelphia bureau chief George Zucker, in charge of AP's operations in Pennsylvania. Stowell, 41, who began her AP career in Connecticut in 1985, has been in charge of Maryland and Delaware since 1991.
John Costa, executive editor of The Idaho Statesman, was named to the new position of editor in chief of Western Communications, which owns four dailies in Oregon and California.
Sarah Jenkins, editor of The Chronicle of Centralia-Chehalis, Washington, has been named editor of the Yakima (Washington) Herald-Republic. She replaces Dan Coleman, who resigned in April.
Gary D. Grossman, executive editor of The Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland, was named publisher. Dick Fleming, who has been with the Times since 1973, was promoted from news editor to managing editor.
The San Francisco Examiner appointed Tim Goodman as television critic. He was previously with the Contra Costa Times for seven years.
The San Francisco Examiner named Bill Citara as food and wine critic. He previously served as a columnist for the Marin Independent Journal. He succeeds Jim Wood.
Clifford S. Tinder was appointed international editor of Playbill On-Line's International Cultural Exchange, an online performing arts information service scheduled for launch in 1998 by Playbill Inc. Tinder comes from Stagebill Inc., where he most recently served as vice president and executive editor.
Stuart H. Loory, vice president of Turner International Broadcasting, will join the Missouri School of Journalism faculty this fall as the first Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies. Loory has spent the last 17 years with Cable News Network (CNN) and its parent, Turner Broadcasting System.
Susan Ferriss, a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, was named a correspondent for Cox Newspapers Mexico, based in Mexico City. She replaces Nancy Nusser, who served tot seven years.
Ken Bode, moderator of PBS' Washington Week in Review and professor of media and political science at DePauw University, was named dean of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. The position begins January 1, 1998. Bode will succeed Michael C. Janeway, who served for nearly a decade. This fall, Janeway heads to the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. In addition to Janeway, Jules Feiffer, cartoonist/author/playwright, was named a senior fellow of the semester-long program funded by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Other senior fellows include: Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor and former review editor of Rolling Stone, and Carlin Romano, literary critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and former president of the National Book Critics Circle.
The San Jose Mercury News named Paul Van Slambrouck as deputy managing editor. He was promoted from assistant managing editor/news.
Tim Pratt was named a producer for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He most recently served as a producer for KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kansas.
The Associated Press named Farrell Kramer and Martha Mendoza as part of the Special Assignment Team, a group of reporters who, in addition to traditional newsgathering, use computers to look at public records and gather information. Kramer replaces Fred Bayles, who left the AP to join USA Today. Mendoza replaces Mark Fritz, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Rwandan massacres and now is on a leave of absence.
Peter Ridder, publisher of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, has been named publisher of The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer. He will be succeeded in St. Paul by Rick Sadowski, publisher of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California. A successor will not be named for Sadowski, since the paper is up for sale. Ridder replaces Rolfe Neill, 65, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Max Jennings, editor of the Dayton Daily News for nine years, will retire at the end of the year. Jennings, 55, was editor of the Tribune Newspapers in Arizona before going to Dayton in 1988.
Skip Foster, managing editor of The Gaston Gazette in Gastonia, North Carolina, was named editor of The Star in Shelby, North Carolina.
Paul Douglas, television weather forecaster, rejoined the Star Tribune of Minneapolis to take over the weather column he originated for the paper in 1991. He will replace Ken Barlow, whose contract had expired. In addition to the column, Douglas will develop a weather presentation for the paper's online service.
Time Warner Inc.'s Fortune magazine named Rebecca Wesson Darwin director of marketing and Terry McDevitt director of communications. The magazine also named Fallon McElligott its new advertising agency.
Jay Black, professor in the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida and SPJ ethics chair, and Edward J. Trayes, professor in the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising, School of Communications and Theater at Temple University, were named the 1997 Freedom Forum Teachers of the Year. Terry Hynes, dean of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida in Gainesvile, was named Freedom Forum Administrator of the Year, and Susanne Shaw, professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, received the Freedom Forum Lifetime Achievement Award.
Amy Westfeldt, an editor for The Associated Press in New York, was named correspondent in charge of the news cooperative's bureau in Newark, New Jersey. Westfeldt, 29, joined the AP in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1990. She moved to the Philadelphia bureau a year later and transferred to the General Desk, the AP's national editing desk, in April 1996. She succeeds David Wilkison, who was named news editor in Des Moines.
David L. Swint, an editor, writer and layout artist for Cates and Associates, a technical consulting firm based in Milford, Ohio, was named assistant to the director of the Media Center at the American Press Institute.
The Associated Press will open a bureau in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Karen Testa, AP correspondent in Springfield, Missouri, will be the first correspondent based there. Testa joined AP in Albany, New York, in 1992 and transferred to the Miami bureau in 1993. She has been correspondent in Springfield since February 1996. John Rogers, a supervising editor for The Associated Press in New York, was named AP's correspondent in Springfield, Missouri. He joined the AP in Los Angeles in 1987 and moved to the General Desk in 1990.
Stacy Harris has joined WLAC Radio-Nashville's The Bill Karlson Show. Harris has worked at Minneapolis' KTCR-FM, WSM-AM in Nashville and WPLN-FM in Nashville. Most recently, she spent six years as a domestic stringer covering Nashville for the ABC Radio Network.
David Hume, a former foreign correspondent with a 30-year career as a reporter, editor, journalism trainer and public relations consultant in the United States and abroad, has joined the American Press Institute staff as an associate director.
Jennifer Harsha Carroll, executive editor of The Burlington (Vermont) Free Press since 1994, was named managing editor of The Detroit News. She succeeds Christina Bradford, managing editor of the News since 1986. Carroll worked for the Times Herald of Port Huron and the Lansing State Journal before joining the Free Press. Bradford, 54, said she is retiring and moving to Kansas City for personal reasons.
Lou Clancy, managing editor at The Toronto Star, was named to a six-month position as editor in residence under a program for editors at Northwestern University's Newspaper Management Center. The program, called Editorial Leadership Initiative, is a three-year research and training project aimed at raising the management literacy of senior editors so they can better affect strategies of news companies and help preserve the values of journalism.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford is joining the Northwestern University faculty as visiting professor at the Medill School of Journalism. Ford is the author of Independence Day, which last year became the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.
SPJ begins search for executive director
The Society of Professional Journalists has begun its search for an executive director to replace Greg Christopher, who leaves in October after the close of the 1997 National Convention in Denver. Christopher, 31, will serve as assistant director of the John Purdue Club, the fund-raising arm of Purdue University's athletic department. SPJ President Steve Geimann, senior editor at Communications Daily in Washington, D.C., will head a search committee of professional and academic members to find a permanent executive director. Quill Editor Maggie Balough will be acting executive director.