Saturday, April 21, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Bud Shaw exit 433,000th newspaper job lost in 28 years!

Among the eight veteran reporters, writers and editors who took voluntary buyout offers from and the Plain Dealer this week were sports columnist Bud Shaw, Washington bureau chief Steve Koff and sports editor Mike Starkey.
Bud Shaw, #433,000

Bud Shaw covered more than a dozen Super Bowls and World Series, eight Masters golf tournaments, the PGA and U.S. Open golf championship, six Olympic Games, the Ryder Cup, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Daytona 500, the NCAA Final Four and the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

But that’s irrelevant in today’s crumbling newspapers era.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate and Philadelphia native Shaw came to the PD in 1991 from The National Sports Daily where he worked in Chicago and Detroit. 

His career includes newspapers in Atlanta, San Diego, Philadelphia, New Jersey and western Pennsylvania.

It’s a sad time when a Bud Shaw walks out the door because newspaper owners didn’t get ahead of the infant Internet and, with all their reporting resources, own it. 

No one who toddled onto the Internet to write could have matched all that newspaper talent.

Newspaper employment went from 458,000 in 1990 to 25,000 today. That’s an astounding loss of 433,000 jobs . . . a 95% freefall!

During that same time frame, internet publishing and online broadcasting rose from 30,000 to more than 200,000. A 433,000 loss and a 170,000 gain means 260,000 more people out of work. 

Oh, many migrated to TV newsrooms, which have more reporters than newspapers for the first time in history.

Is this good for democracy? Hell, no! The Washington Post puts it bluntly and accurately. 

Go to  

to read it. 

There are too many Bud Shaws in this equation to benefit America. There are so few left to catch the politicians and businesses raping America.

Politicians and businesses will have a field day without newspapers being the guarddogs for democracy.

Charlotte and Harry Memmer and their beloved Gold Wing motorcyle

Harry Memmer’s widow passes away

Thanks to Ken Krause, former BJ sports editor who lives in Medford, Massachussetts, I didn’t miss the passing of former 44-year BJ mailroom worker Harry Memmer’s widow.

Here is Charlotte’s obituary:

Charlotte Memmer (88) passed away in her sleep on March 30 while visiting in the Florida Keys.

Charlotte was born in Fayetteville, Tenn. and in high school moved to the Ellet area where she remained. She was a homemaker who enjoyed golfing, traveling and reading. She and Harry visited every state, including Alaska on their Goldwing. They were charter members of "Chapter T" and "Chapter P" Goldwing Road Riders Club.

Charlotte enjoyed her family and friends at their cabin in Deep Creek Lake, Md. She and Harry enjoyed more than two decades of winters in Key Largo; many with their friends at WBN.

Preceding her in death was her first husband, Ross Varner and husband of 56 years, Harry Memmer, Jr.; and sons, Roger W. Varner, Richard A. Memmer; and sister, Corneilia Dibble. Surviving are her children, Lorna (Bill) Moore, Norma (John) Gay, Ron (Dee) Memmer, Bill (Terry) Memmer, Carl (Linda) Varner, Jim (Barbara) Memmer, and John Memmer; and numerous grandchildren; stepbrother, Ken Faber; stepsister, Karol (Jim) Simon; and brother-in-law, Wally (Nancy) Memmer.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 21, with a service at 4:30 and the Celebration afterwards at Springfield Sr. Center, 2491 Canfield Rd., Akron, Ohio 44312. Donations may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105, ID#11271900.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Apr. 15 to Apr. 21, 2018

And here is the June 20, 2015 BJ Alums blog article that Ken provided:

Beacon Journal mailing room retiree Harry Memmer passed away on Friday. As the obituary below notes, Harry and his wife, Charlotte, were avid motorcyclists. Their bike trip to Alaska in 1998 is partially chronicled on this Fairbanks website.

Harry A. Memmer Jr., 88, passed away peacefully at home with family at his side on June 19, 2015. Harry lived in Ellet his entire life and retired from the Akron Beacon Journal after 44 years. He was a veteran in Korea during World War II. Harry and Charlotte visited every state in the U.S. on their Goldwing motorcycles. Their highlight was their Alaskan trip. They were charter members of "Chapter T and Chapter P Goldwing Road Riders Club." They also enjoyed their time and friends at their cabin in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. They enjoyed many winters with their WBN friends in Key Largo, Florida. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, working puzzles and cross stitching.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna Memmer Sr; sister, Jean Lee; first wife, Mary (Higgins); sons, Rick Memmer and Roger Varner. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Charlotte (Varner); sons, Ron (Dee) Memmer, Bill (Terry) Memmer, Carl (Linda) Varner, Jim (Barbara) Memmer, and John Memmer; daughters, Lorna (Bill) Moore and Norma (John) Gay. He leaves behind 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

Calling hours will be held on Monday June 22 from 4-7pm with memorial service following at 7pm at Newcomer Funeral Home 131 N. Canton Rd. Akron, OH 44305. Pastor Fred Higgins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Summa Hospice or a charity of your choice.

RIP, Harry and Charlotte. 

As a long-time motorcyclist, beginning at the age of 38, who never reached Gold Wing status, I envy your accomplishments. 

The most I ever harnessed between my legs was a 250 Benelli, 175 Yamaha, 125 Honda and a Penton off-road dirt bike that we took to New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

My late friend, electrician Gene Gray of Cuyahoga Falls, who got me hooked on motorcycles, would be the lead biker and I would be the last biker in a 15-bike caravan through mostly mountain roads and timber trails. 

The Olesky bikes would be strapped inside our camper till we got to the camping site, then unloaded to roam that area.

I still remember the stupid thrill of hitting 85 mph on the Benelli. It was an open, untraveled country road. And the wind into my helmet shield was incredible. But I wouldn’t recommend that anyone imitate that feat.

When Paula and I stay in The Villages, Florida, there’s a Gold Wing Club that takes trips to California and back, among other places. 

Keep in mind that you need to be 55 or older to buy a home in The Villages. It’s common for Villages Gold Wing Club members to be in their 70s.

The Gold Wings run about $30,000 today with 1833 cc engines. The famed Harley Hog in my riding days was about 1200 cc.

Roar up the Stairway to Heaven and through St. Peter's Gold Gates, Harry and Charlotte, with your gold wings. 

And I don't mean only the motorcycle.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cincy Enquirer gets a Pulitzer

The Cincinnati Enquirer staff won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for documenting Greater Cincinnati’s heroin epidemic.

Enquirer cartoonist Jim Borgman won a 1991 Pulitzer for his work.

Pulitzers went to:

New York Times and Washington Post for their articles on Russia’s interference with the American election.

New York Times, for its articles on wealthy and powerful sexual predators.

Washington Post for its coverage of the Senate race in Alabama.

Arizona Republic and USA Today for its coverage of Donald Trump’s vow to built a wall along the Mexican border.
Read it and weep

Newspaper Death Watch


North American metro dailies that have closed since March, 2007

  • W.I.P.

Works In Progress: Major metro dailies that have cut frequency or adopted hybrid online/print or online-only models.


GateHouse has agreed to acquire The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News, in addition to several niche publications and companion websites, from Cox Media Group LLC for $49.25 million.

Ogden Newspapers, Inc., a family owned newspaper group with 43 daily newspapers in 16 states, took over Byrd Newspapers, including Winchester Star, Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, Shenandoah Valley-Herald and Skyline publications.

The Byrd family has been in the publishing business in the Shenandoah Valley since 1897.

Ogden Newspapers was founded by H.C. Ogden in 1890 when he began publishing the Wheeling (WV) Journal.

In 1912 Harry F. Byrd Sr. sold the Martinsburg Journal, which he founded in 1907, to Ogden Newspapers.

Ogden, headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia, also publishes newspapers in Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Former Guild president Linda Foley on the BJ sale

post sent to Paula A. Schleis from Linda Foley, former pres. Of the Newspaper Guild.

1. Even though Gatehouse doesn’t have to accept the contract, they do have to recognize the union once a majority of the new workforce is composed of workers from the former employer, the union is considered the representative of employees in the new workforce. (Because the Beacon is a daily newspaper, this is a likely scenario.). That means working conditions cannot be changed without the union’s agreement. An obligation to bargain a new contract also attaches. I know that’s not much consolation for losing hard-fought benefits, but it does mean you are not powerless.

2. Health insurance — They are obligated by law to continue your insurance for 18 months (I think) after the “qualifying” event that caused you to lose your benefits. You must pay the premiums, but it would be at the group rate. You do not have to pay a premium until 45 days after the “qualifying” event.

3. Any grievances, unfair labor practice charges, EEO charges, etc. attach to the new employer if they are not resolved before the hand-off.

4. Any “anti-union animus” demonstrated by the employer in its “hiring” should be called out and prosecuted.

Wandering wonderings of a worrywart

Reading tea leaves is rather tricky, particularly in a scary situation like Gatehouse Media’s $16 million purchase of the BJ and

But I’ll have a go at it, from the relative safety of 22 years of BJ retirement and 85 years of age. The undertaker might get me before Gatehouse does.

First warning sign: Gatehouse is taking a SHORT-term lease on the 44 E. Exchange Street building, which still is owned by Canadian Black Press.

That means the BJ, down to 165 full-time employees (the newsroom alone had more than that the day I retired in 1996), and without a printing press for years, can move and become a storefront newspaper.

Will editor Bruce Winges keep his job a year or so down the road? New owners like to have their people running the show after the old management shows them the ropes.

More than 60 Gatehouse Media Ohio publications and websites reach more than 4.2 million adults a month in Ohio. So one voice can pretty well tell the citizens what it wants them to know.

Diverse media sites are a good thing for democracy.

Gatehouse will make take-it-or-leave job offers to current Ol’ Blue Walls employees. That sounds like more pay cuts for a group that already has taken financial hits in recent years.

BJ workers have to decide before May whether to accept whatever Gatehouse offers or leave.

Pittsford, N.Y.-based Gatehouse itself emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013 and expanded exponentially to than 140 daily newspapers. In a business sector that has gone from cash cows to survival mode. That can be a house of cards that tumble overnight.

John Knight took his father’s heavily in debt newspaper and grew it into 32 newspapers and 18,000 employees. Ancient, but beloved history.

JSK always felt, and often said, that its people are what made Ol’ Blue Walls and Knight Newspapers great.

Let’s hope the new owners realize that.

Four Pulitzers didn’t happen by accident.

Columnist Bob Dyer, for example, is almost automatic for Ohio Columnist of the Year nearly every year.

Mark J. Price plumbs area history with aplomb.

Paula Schleis, Cheryl Powell, Betty Lin-Fisher, Doug Livingston, Michael Douglas and Katie Byard are assets every newspaper needs.

And that’s just off the top of my head.
I admire the troops; I don't trust management once JSK left the building.

Hopefully, Greathouse won’t go with those who will work the cheapest instead of those who can continue the glory that has been the Beacon Journal for a century or so.

Stay tuned. The cat eventually will be out of the bag.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sad BJ sale day

The BJ has been sold to Gatehouse Media, continuing the ownership degradation that began when John Shively Knight immersed his empire with the less-than-stellular Ridder roustabouts.

The BJ was born in 1897 when the Summit Beacon merged with the Akron Evening Journal.

In 1903 Charles Landon Knight purchased the BJ. In 1933 C.L.’s son, John Knight, inherited the BJ when his father died.

It was heavily in debt. JSK built it into the successful and highly regarded Knight Newspapers where winning Pulitzers was NOT a rare event (the BJ won four during my 26 years there).

Knight and Ridder merged in 1974, becoming the largest newspaper group in America.

By 2006, without JSK’s guidance, KRI was sold to McClatchy and the BJ became the Canadian Black Press’ property.

The $16 million sale to Greathouse is the culmination of going from JSK’s brilliant protection to a string of owners who couldn’t carry Shively’s jockstrap.

This is NO reflection on those who work at the BJ today, or since my 1996 retirement. It is a tale of what happens when a company goes from a guy who respected all his employees more than the bottom line to those who don’t in today’s desperate newspapers situations.

Want proof?

A Gatehouse official pronounced this menacing and frightening thought:

"We are not accepting labor agreements."

Gatehouse can do that because it's an "assets sale." Doesn't get any more impersonal than that.

Gatehouse owns 142 newspapers, including the Canton Repository, Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier, Alliance Review and the Wooster Daily Record.

RIP, Ol’ Blue Walls. We knew ye well. And loved the hell out of ye.

Have a yen for Japan?

Going to Japan? BJ newsroom retiree Chuck Montague has about 140 yen in coins that he’ll toss your way.

I’ll let Chasm explain it:


“Please post on blog that if anybody is traveling to Japan, I have about 140 yen in coins that I didn't spend and was unable to change at airport prior to leaving.

“Airport changes only paper money; banks will change coins, but I wasn't able to get to one before leaving.


“Chas M”

Before you get to excited, that’s worth $1.12. But I’ve learned from my travels to 56 countries that small change comes in handy, far more than $100 bills, for example, which many places won’t touch.

I still have China Yuans from the trip by Paula and me to that country. Plus what my wiseacre son-in-law gave me for my birthday.

More than 100 Yuans. In $$$ terms, $15.95 for the first 100 Yuans.

I did give my granddaughter, who was going to Europe, about 54 Euros. She returned with some Euros but said she spent mine first and the leftover Euros came from her father, a Penn State grad.

She has her loyalty priorities straight. My daughter Monnie is in a Brunswick family of 5 CPAs, so I didn’t have a chance.

As for Chasm, his last stint at Ol’ Blue Walls was as a copy editor with a long history of being a leader of the Newspaper Guild at the BJ.

Chas M left Ol’ Blue Walls in 2008, walking out arm-in-arm with photographer Lew Stamp and line-drawer Ted Schneider, who found the famous Ann Hill on his trip to California and told her what a legend the Ohio State grad was at the BJ for her “I didn’t come here to write about shit” memo to managing editor Bob Giles.

Montague and Schneider came to 44 E.  Exchange Street in 1970, Stamp in 1978.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

BJ retirees’ contact info

Want to contact a former co-worker?

Here’s the updated Beacon Journal alumni directory assembled by Paula Schleis on the BJ Alumni Facebook page:

ABRAHAM, Lisa. 2003-2014, reporter and food writer. Now senior writer for Kent State University, living in Warren.

ADAMS, David. 1986-2004, reporter, editor, consumer sales & marketing, online content developer. Now in Bay Village, associate director of Global Markets/Business, Development, Tax.

ALLEN, Dale. 1980-1997. Executive editor/editor. Now in Akron (winters) and Muzzy Lake, Portage County (summers). Retired, but writing stuff.

BACKDERF, Derf. 1990-1999, artist. Now in Shaker Hts., comics writer-artist.

BEE LYNN, Sandy. 1983-2001, library researcher, free-lance writer. Now in Doylestown, retired, contributing writer for The Post Newspaper.

BRECKENRIDGE, Mary Beth. 1987-2017, various editing and writing positions. Living in Brecksville, currently a Realtor with Howard Hanna in Akron.

BRETT, Regina. 1986-2000, reporter, columnist. Now in Northeast Ohio, author (

BROWN, J. Curt. 1971-74, reporter, religion writer, night desk. Now in Akron, retired and substitute church organist.

BYARD, Katie Byard. 1983-present, reporter. Now in Akron, currently business writer, food columnist at ABJ.

CARDEW, Mike Cardew. 1993 to present, photographer and picture editor. Akron

CARNEY, Jim Carney. 1979-2014, reporter. Now in Akron, occasional personality on 1590 WAKR News Talk Sports.

CHABOLLA, Elena Stauffer. 1993-1995, copy editor. Now in Tucson, Ariz., senior program coordinator at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

CHANCELLOR, Carl. 1983-2008, reporter, columnist. Now director of editorial at Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.

DAVIS, Carla J. 1996-2000, copy editor, promotion coordinator. Now in Akron, marketing communications director at Akron-Summit County Public Library. or

DAWIDZIAK, Mark. 1983-99, television critic, movie critic. Now in Cuyahoga Falls, television critic for The Plain Dealer.

DESROSIERS, Rich. 1994-2015, various editing positions. Now in Canton, executive editor for GateHouse Ohio Media.

DETRICH, Matt. 1994-1999, photography. Now in Indianapolis, videographer for Indiana University Health.

DOWNING, Bob. 1972-2016., environment and parks reporter, travel columnist, shale blogger. Now in Akron, soon to be retired.

DUTTON, Geoff Dutton. 2000-2001, reporter. Now in Columbus, at Ohio Department of Public Safety.

DYER, Bob Dyer. 1984-present, copy editor, reporter, columnist. Now in Copley, currently columnist at the ABJ.

ETHRIDGE, Mary. 1988-2006, metro and business reporter. Now in Akron, freelancing.

FARRIS, Gene. 1987 and 2002-2005, deputy sports editor. Now in Chicago, digital editor at the Chicago Tribune.

FLADUNG, Thom. 2000-2002, managing editor. Now in Hudson, vice president of Hennes Communications.

FORREST-GERBER, Athena, 1993-1998 copy editor. Now in Eastlake as a children's librarian.

FRAZE, Kathleen. 1973-2012, reporter, various editing positions. Now in Akron, retired.

GALLOWAY MUDRAK, Barbera, 1978-2001, reporter. Soon to be retired English teacher.

GAMBOA, Glenn. 1993-2000, reporter. Now in NYC, pop music critic for Newsday.

GANGL, Ott. 1957-1992. Photographer. Retired.

GIFFEN, Tom. 1983-1995, various writing and editing positions. Now in Fort Myers, Fla., own/operate Roy Hobbs Baseball, partner in Kiama Custom Apparel, and chair of Roy Hobbs Foundation.

GLENDE, Phil. 1991-1994, night editor. Now in Terre Haute, Ind., director of Student Media at Indiana State University.

GOFORTH, Candace (DeSantis). 1998-2006, reporter/columnist. Now in Burton, Ohio, independent writer/editor/editorial consultant.

GOOD, Michael. 1987-1998, photographer, director of photography. Now in Lake Stevens, WA, retired.

GREEN, Gary W. 1999-2002, photographer. Now in Florida, digital director of University of Florida's Innovation News Center and Deputy News Editor of WUFT News., 321-441-6916 (c), 352-294-1502 (o).

GRNA, Paul D. 1969-2002, newsroom library, production. Now in Akron, night manager/auditor at Econo Lodge Akron East. paulgrna@yahoo

GROSS, Andale. 1997-2006, reporter. Now in Chicago, desk editor for Associated Press. or

HAAS, Dennis. 1967-1990, news artist. Now in St. Petersburg, Fla., retired.

HAFERD, Laura (Montgomery). 1982-2001, copy editor, religion writer, reporter. Now in Akron area, retired.

HAGEDORN, Kathy Hagedorn. 1994-present, artist, page designer. Now in Akron, artist, page designer at ABJ.

HAGELBERG, Kymberli. 1996-2005, metro reporter. Now with the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram as AME/Digital & Audience Growth.

HARRIS, Sheryl. 1986-2000, reporter, consumer columnist. Now in Shaker Heights, director of consumer affairs for Cuyahoga County.

HECHT, Jane Hecht. 1998-2006, administrative assistant to the Editor. Now in Stow, administrative assistant at St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

HIGGINS, John. 1997-2012, reporter. Now in Seattle, working at home on book about new science of teaching.

HONE MCMAHAN, Kim. 1989-2016, reporter/columnist. Now in Green, retired.

HUNT, April Hunt. 1989, 1992-93, reporter and copy editor. Now in Atlanta, working at Emory University.

IRWIN, Gloria. 1985-2006. various writing and editing positions. Now in Green, retired.

KATZ, Marvin. 1960-1966, reporter. Now in Troutdale, Ore., retired.

KAVANAGH, Jim. 1991-2006; copy editor, copy desk chief. Now in Decatur, GA, senior writer at The Carter Center.

KLECIC, Christine (Isenberg). 1992-1997, internal communications (Hot Type/SideBar). Now in Green, working at Kent State University.

KNAPP, Virginia Dorell. 1998-2000, copy editor. Now in Washington, D.C., attorney with the FDA Office of Chief Counsel.

KORTE, Gregory. 1997-2001, metro reporter. Now in Bethesda, Maryland, White House correspondent for USA TODAY. or

KRUMMEL, Art. 1967-2001, artist, art director, pagination coordinator. Now in Tallmadge, retired.

KUKUK, Christina Hange. 2000-2001, reporter. Now in Ashland, Oregon. Sometime freelancer, now Reverend in the United Church of Christ,

LAMMERDING, Betsy. 1973-2008. Reporter, assistant features editor. Now in Akron and retired.

LEACH, Jan. 1998-2003, editor and vice president. Now in Fairlawn, teaching journalism at Kent State.

LIN-FISHER, Betty. 1995-present, copy editor, metro and business reporter. Now in Cuyahoga Falls, currently the business and consumer reporter and columnist for ABJ.

LOUIE, Andrea Louie. 1989-1992. Reporter. Now in Long Island, NY and executive director of Asian American Arts Alliance, New York City.

MARVIN, Tom H. 1967 -1978, photographer. Retired.

MCKENNEY, Mitch. 1998-2008, deputy metro editor, features editor, online editor. Now in Hartville, teaching at Kent State.

MEZGER, Ann Sheldon. 1972-2008, reporter, various editing positions. Now in Akron area, writing fantasy and science fiction.

MONTAGUE, Charles S. 1970-2008, various reporter and editing positions. Now in Stow, retired, freelance travel writer, volunteer at Akron City Hospital.

MOORE, Casey. 1999-2006, sports news assistant, sports correspondent, sports copy editor. Now living in Northern Virginia, working in McLean, Va. at USA Today as sports digital editor.

MOORE, Tom. 1963-1992, copy editor, columnist, deputy news editor. Now in Akron, writer for Roy Hobbs Baseball and volunteer for the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad.

MORGAN, David Lee Jr. 1995-2010. Sportswriter. Now in Austintown, a development officer at Youngstown State University and part-time journalism instructor.

MUSARRA, Russ. 1970-2000, reporter, editor, columnist. Now in Streetsboro, retired.

MYERS, Marcia. 1986-1989, federal courts reporter, higher education reporter. Now in Washington, DC, editor in chief at CQ Magazine.

NEVADA, Charlene. 1970-2005, Action Line, reporter, deputy metro editor. Now in Tallmadge, retired.

NIX, Katie, 2014-2015, metro student correspondent. Now reporter for The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, living in Cuyahoga Falls.

OLESKY, John. 1969-96. Assistant state desk editor, makeup editor, TV editor. Now splitting time between Tallmadge and The Villages in Florida. retired in 1996.

OLIVER, Terence. 1991-2001, various art director positions. Now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and owner of Elite Execution Design.

OPLINGER, Doug. 1971-present, reporter, various editing positions, currently managing editor.

PAYNE, Melanie. 1996-2000, reporter. Now a columnist for The News-Press in Fort Myers, FL.

PROCTOR, Glenn. 1981-1991, reporter, various editing positions. Now in Charlotte NC, owner REDDjobb LLC (training and coaching).

QUINN, Jim. 1984-2001, reporter, various editing positions, columnist. Now living in North Canton; adjunct composition instructor at University of Akron.

RADER, Peggy. 1974-1979, reporter. Retired, freelance writer/editor.

RANKIN, Beth. 2005-2007, metro student correstpondent. Now in Dallas, food editor at the Dallas Observer in Dallas, TX.

READ, Jan Read. 1983-84, copy desk and national desk. Now in Nashville, Tenn., senior director of integrated communications at Vanderbilt University.

RESWOW, Olga. 1985-2014, national desk editor, copy editor. Now in Wadsworth, retired.

RHODEN MOORE, Yalinda. 1984-1999, reporter, copy editor, assistant metro editor. Now Public Information Office for Cleveland Water Pollution Control.

SCHELLENBACH, Tricia. 2001-2006, copy editor. Now in Baltimore, Md., senior director of communications and marketing at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

SCHLEIS, Paula. 1982-present, reporter. Now in Barberton, metro reporter at ABJ.

SCOTT, Dave Scott. 1978-2014, metro and business reporter, copy editor, assistant editor. Now in Copley, retired.

SHAW, Webb. 1974-1985, reporter, copy editor, assistant political editor. Now in Fremont, Wisconsin, retired.

SHERWIN, Lynne. 1995-present, various editing positions. Now in Akron, currently features editor at ABJ.

SMITH GIPPIN, Susan. 1984-1991, reporter, and columnist. Now in Akron, currently owner Special Times LLC, liquidator & antique dealer.

SMITH, Timothy D. 1967-1986, reporter, various editing positions.Taught at KSU from 1986-2014. Now in Rootstown, semi-retired and practicing law.

SNELL, Roger. 1991-1996, Columbus bureau chief, reporter. Now in Frankfort, Ky.; an author and founder of Kentucky Proud, helping farm families reach the retail market. Website:

SNOW, Jane. 1979 to 2006, food editor. Semi-retired, writing enewsletter, See Jane Cook.

SPRINGER, Bob. 1989-2008, copy editor, reporter, commentary editor. Retired, now living in Kent summers, Arizona winters.

STARKS, Elbert III. 2001-2005, copy editor, reporter. Now in Fort Wayne, IN, studying at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

STEWART III, Mizell, 1994-2000 and 2005-2006, various editing positions. Now vice president of news operations at Gannett, working in Virginia and from home in Aurora.

TIGELMAN, Colleen Murphy. 1978-1989, various editing positions. Now in Akron, retired.

TREXLER, Phil. 1998-2015, reporter. Now in Bath Township, executive producer at Channel 3 News WKYC TV.

VANAC, Mary. 1989-2000, business reporter. Now in Chardon, self-employed organic farmer at Creators Table.

VAN TASSEL, Deb. 1982-93, 95-99, various editing positions. Now in Arizona, retired.

VRADENBURG, Sarah. 1984-2006. Copy editor, reporter, editorial writer. Now in Akron and a Master Gardener Volunteer, blogging at

WALLACE, Julie. 2000 to 2006, metro reporter, sports copy editor. Now in Elyria, managing editor of The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria.

WARNER, Stuart. 1979- 1994, 1995-1998, numerous writing and editing positions. Now in Arizona, editor in chief at Phoenix New Times.

WILLARD, Dennis. 1995-2010, Columbus Statehouse Bureau Chief. Now with Precision New Media.

WILLIAMS, Mike. 1968-2012, news intern, ad makeup, IT. Now in Akron, retired.

WILSON, David A., 1996-2006; national desk and copy desk positions. Now in Elyria, copy editor at Chronicle-Telegram.

YOCKEY BONAR, Nancy, 1960-1966, columnist and reporter. Retired and freelance writer/editor for those working to obtain doctorates. Living in Granger Township.