According to Teri Thompson, things have been a bit hectic around the New York Daily News sports department the past couple months.
Thompson was promoted to Managing Editor/Sports in March, shortly after Leon Carter was hired by ESPN to lead its new ESPN New York website (espn.go.com/newyork/). Carter took three Daily News sports writers with him – hence the chaos.
"We’re trying to regroup, and carry on with the same quality of work," Thompson said. "It’s been busy, but it’s also been kind of fun. There hasn’t been a lot of movement in our business recently, and now we’re having some here, so its exciting."
Thompson has already replaced two of the positions. Andy Martino, a former Daily News intern and Columbia graduate who covered the Phillies for the Philadelphia Inquirer last year, was brought back to cover the Mets. Kevin Armstrong, a Boston College graduate who had been a contributor to sportsillustrated.com and the New York Times, was hired as an NFL swingman, helping with Giants and Jets coverage as well as serving as a take out writer.
"We’re thrilled to get both of them," Thompson said. "They’re both very talented."
The paper is still in the process of hiring a writer to cover the Jets.
The move also prompted some shifting of responsibilities within the department. Jim Rich was moved to Deputy Managing Editor/Sports; Eric Barrow to Sunday Sports Editor; Bill Price to Deputy Sports Editor; and Matt Matvey to Deputy Sunday Editor.
As for Thompson, she’s settling into her new position quickly. Formerly the Sunday Sports Editor and the leader of the paper’s sports investigation team – which included its 2008 APSE first-place investigative series on the Roger Clemens/steroids situation – Thompson said its been an exciting transition.
"I worked closely with Leon for a long time. I enjoyed working with him," Thompson said.
"It’s been busy, but I’m familiar with the staff, was already in charge of Sunday, was already dealing with the staff for story production and reporting and the whole thing. So it’s just kind of shifting priorities a little bit.
"So far its been great."
IN OTHER MOVES …
Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet: Sports reporter Brandon Parker has accepted a position with ESPN Rise magazine. His replacement is Stephen Fastenau of The Columbia County (Ga.) News-Times.
Media General News Service: Made Chris Morris the Regional Sports Editor, in charge of Lynchburg (Va.), Danville (Va.), Reidsville (N.C), Eden (N.C.) and Madison (N.C.). In addition, he provides content for the Amherst County (Va.) and Nelson County (Va.) weekly papers.
Bristol Herald Courier: Jim Sacco, who joined the staff as assistant sports editor in September 2009, was promoted to Sports Editor. Also, Nate Hubbard was hired as Northeast Tennessee/King College/Virginia Intermont writer. He replaces Spencer Campbell who left in September.
Wilmington News-Journal: Lost Scott Lauber, who had covered the Phillies for the paper since 2005. He is now part of the Red Sox coverage team at the Boston Herald. Editor Jason Levin said the paper is still in the process of filling that position.
Allentown, Pa., Morning: Call hired Nick Fierro to cover the Eagles. Nick had been with the Express-Times, based in Easton. ¶
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Hired Hired Stefanie Loh, who was working for the Morgantown W.Va. Dominion Post, to cover preps and back up on the AA Harrisburg Senators. Loh had the West Virginia football beat at her former paper. Former beat writers Rod Frisco and Roxanne Moses took buyouts.
Baltimore Sun: Had several moves …
Ron Fritz recently was named Head of Sports. He replaced Trif Alatzas, who became Head of Digital. Fritz has been executive sports editor since October 2006, overseeing enterprise, the Ravens beat and Preakness coverage. Prior to that, he was sports editor at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., for 7 ½ years. He also was deputy news editor there for five years before moving to sports. A 1988 graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he started his career at the York (Pa.) Daily Record.
Matt Bracken has been named deputy sports editor/digital. Bracken joined The Sun as a sports producer in July 2007 after spending the first 11 months of his career as an online producer at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He was promoted last April to assistant sports editor. In that role, he coordinated University of Maryland athletics coverage and contributed to the high school sports team. He’s the author of Recruiting Report, a baltimoresun.com blog covering the Terps and Baltimore-area football and basketball recruiting. Bracken has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s in new media journalism from Northwestern University.
Steve Gould will be the content editor in charge of Orioles coverage. Gould joined The Sun in December 2006 as a two-year intern on the Sports copy desk. He began serving as a Sports slot in June 2007 and was named Deputy Sports Copy Desk Chief in June 2008. He has been an assistant sports editor since April 2009, managing high school reporters and contributing to Varsity Letters, The Sun’s high school sports blog. Gould also worked as a sports night content editor two days a week. He graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. While at Maryland, he interned as a sports editor with McClatchy-Tribune Information Services in Washington and went on work part time with MCT as an assistant news service editor until December 2006.
Jonathon Fogg has been hired as a night content editor on the sports desk. Fogg previously worked at the Washington Times and the Allentown Morning Call. He will also help oversee college and high school coverage.
The Boston Globe: Hired Shalise Manza Young as its Patriots beat reporter. Manza Young had been covering the Patriots for the Providence Journal. She replaced Adam Kilgore, who left the Globe to cover the Washington Nationals for the Washington Post.
ESPNBoston.com: Hired Joe McDonald as a reporter covering the Red Sox and Bruins. McDonald previously worked for the Providence Journal.
The Palm Beach Post: Edgar Thompson, one of our Miami Dolphins beat writers, moves to the golf beat. The Post is re-establishing golf as a full-time beat. It’s looking within the staff to fill the Dolphins beat vacancy. Also, Carlos Frias is moving from Sports to the Culture group as a general assignment writer. Since arriving from the AJC in 2004, Carlos has given our Sports section a distinct voice through several award-winning stories and projects. Readers also are familiar with Carlos’ work through his series about his visit to family members in Cuba, which he turned into a book titled Take Me With You.
Marietta Daily Journal: Emily Horos left the Marietta Daily Journal to follow other career choices and to continue her education. William Bretherton has been hired to fill her spot as a sports writer and paginator.
Beaumont Enterprise: Hired David Henry, who graduated from Texas in December. He had been an editor at the Daily Texan.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Hired David Just as a sports reporter. He covers Texas Tech women’s basketball and high school sports. He previously worked as a freelance reporter in the Chicago area and interned with MLB.com.
Midland Reporter-Telegram: Has added Jonathan Hull to its staff. Hull, a native of Big Spring, had worked as the sports editor in Big Spring more than a year and joined the Reporter-Telegram staff in late February.
Orange County Register: Hired Dan Woike to cover the Angels. Woike had been working at uscfootball.com.
Los Angeles Daily News: promoted longtime freelancer Erik Boal to full-time prep writer/coordinator.
Los Angeles Times: Hired Steve Dilbeck, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, as its Dodgers blogger.
Salt Lake Tribune: Hired Bill Oram from the Oregonian as a sports reporter; promoted Danyelle White to assistant sports editor.