Friday, March 10, 2006

Wilson To Replace Judy Miller

Dave Wilson will take over the Managing Editor reins at the Miami Herald from Judy Miller, who is leaving to work for a private investigation firm.

It's not a surprising promotion -- as Managing Editor in Broward County, Wilson was basically the heir apparent to the controversial Miller. The announcment was made to staff earlier today and the promotion took effect immediately.

And he tells the Pulp he's ready to go.

"The best thing about it is that I have more fabulous people to work with than I do now which is good," he said, adding that Miami is "special and wonderful and weird and corrupt and a great place to live and to be a daily journalist."

But with the impending sale of Knight Ridder, is it a difficult time to take over the day-to-day operations of the newspaper?

"I don't think there's ever an easy time," Wilson said. "The sale will work itself out in due course. There's literally nothing than I have to do with it. We have to wait for what happens. I am absolutely convinced that no matter how it plays out, not matter what the staffing levels, the Herald will be the largest, deepest and most talented newsgathering operation in South Florida."

He said he doesn't have a dog in the fight between the two leading contenders to buy KR, McClatchy and a Gannett partnership, but did talk mention that he admired the McClatchy company. "But I've heard good things from people at the [Gannett-owned] Detroit Free Press, too," he added diplomatically.

Wilson began working at the Herald in 1976, at the age of 18, as a copy boy and later as a sports writer. He worked a stint at the Orlando Sentinel before regurning to the Miami newspaper in 1986. In 1995, he was promoted to the position of executive sports editor, replacing Paul Anger (current editor of the Detroit Free Press). At the time, Anger said of Wilson:

"Dave is one of the most creative editors I've ever been around. He has a great knack for coming up with something different, something that will make the reader say, 'Look at this.'

"Often in brainstorming meetings there would be an impasse, a frustration level that would be erased when Dave, deep in thought, would say, 'What if we . . . '"We'd all look at him and say, 'That's it!'"

During the past decade he has also overseen the Neighbors sections and is currently serving as the managing editor for the Broward Bureau and sports.

He said he met with department heads today and assured them he would let them do their jobs.

"I told them I'm here to brainstorm with you, to try to find resources, to bust through obstacles and to create great newspapers," he said. "I'm here as a collaborator and co-conspirator with the department heads, not to try to do their jobs."

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5 Comments:

Blogger Nancy said...

Dave is a great guy. All the best to him from this former employee.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a friendly heads up: it's spelled McClatchy -- no "e."

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Blogger Florida Pulp said...

corrected. the dangers of blogging. thanks.

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