Cleveland Free Times Publisher Matt Fabyan says he’s “jazzed” that native son David Eden has come on board as editor in chief. Eden has been busy his first weeks on the job, dealing with a redesign and a new job at the same time. Eden has 15 years experience at major dailies such as the Dallas Times Herald, The Minneapolis Star and the Detroit News, as well as TV experience on PBS. “Good stories told well,” sums up his philosophy.
Lisa Chamberlain has been let go as editor-in-chief of the Cleveland Free Times and has gone to work for an Ohio congressman. Publisher Matt Fabyan says the decision was his. The Free Times is conducting a national search for a replacement. In the meantime, Don Forst, editor-in-chief, of The Village Voice will be spending three days a week in Cleveland to help put out the paper.
The Cleveland Free Times' pick of Rep. Gary Condit, R-Calif., as Man of the Year wins praise from Al Kamen of The Washington Post. Kamen says Free Times "got it right" because the selection "should be given to someone who kept the country enthralled for much of the year." Even after Sept. 11 should have wiped Condit off the radar, Condit "was determined not to cede the front page to Osama." Lisa Chamberlain, editor of the Free Times, says in an editorial about the choice, "Gary Condit is the quintessence of a gluttonous society operating without fear or consequence, content to distract itself with inanities."