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Monday, January 5, 2015

The Plain Dealer Finally Has a New Editor

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Debra Adams Simmons moved on from the top post of the Plain Dealer — that's the union side, not NEOMG or — last April. It wasn't entirely clear whether Advance Publications intended to replace her position — if you're gonna go union bustin', why give the union a leader? — but here we are, welcoming the esteemed George Rodrigue to town as the new editor in chief.

Via Romenesko, here's the memo announcing Rodrigue's arrival:

George Rodrigue named Editor of The Plain Dealer

George Rodrigue, the long-time VP and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be the next editor of The Plain Dealer in Rodrigue, who has been an accomplished journalist and editor for more than 35 years, is currently a news executive at WFAA-TV in Dallas.

“The Plain Dealer has an inspiring heritage, a strong staff, and a compelling vision for the future. I’m thrilled to join the team in Cleveland,” said Rodrigue.

Before serving as VP and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News from 2004 until 2014, Rodrigue was Vice President of the Washington Bureau for Belo Corp.’s newspapers and TV stations and Executive Editor of Belo’s Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. He started as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News in 1983 before becoming Day City Editor, European Bureau Chief (stationed in Berlin and Moscow) and then Washington Correspondent. He won two Pulitzer Prizes while at The Dallas Morning News, and the newsroom won a third under his leadership as well as having two finalists.

Rodrigue, who covered the Persian Gulf War, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the economic and social rebuilding of Eastern Europe in the 1990’s, is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he focused on economics and law. He’s married to Wendy Meyer, a landscape architect and fellow UVA graduate. They have two children.
Despite the occasional (and occasionally frequent) jabs at our pals over at the PD/NEOMG/CLEDOTCOM, we do root for their success and well being, and if Rodrigue is the man to lead the ship, well godspeed and welcome. 

And here's to hoping Rodrigue never says something like this about Scene...

Their staff, which is talented but tiny, can't break many stories. So they sit back, wait for us to do months of painstaking research, and then explode in rhetorical indignation over a sentence that they would have written differently.

By constantly claiming to have spotted signs of bias in our work, they may even convince their readers that a sexually oriented weekly tabloid truly is vital to understanding Dallas.

One has to admire the effort.

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