John Yewell (pictured) was fired last month for unspecified reasons and replaced for the interim by Managing Editor Ben Fulton. "I'll be carefully vague ... there were differences," Publisher John Saltas tells the Deseret News. According to the daily, "Some of the paper's freelance writers heaved a sigh of relief on hearing the news that Yewell was let go." Before taking the position in Salt Lake City, Yewell had been fired as editor of Independent Weekly.
James E. Dible becomes the first non- member of the Mead family to head the Erie, Pa., publishing company that owns majority stakes in AAN-members Cleveland Free Times and the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO), as well as the daily Erie Times-News, Editor & Publisher reports. Dible, 60, helped start Cyberlink, an Internet company, and the paper's GoErie.com Web site. He replaces Michael Mead, 65, who is retiring.
David Bernstein and Adam Reilly have both been hired to replace Seth Gitell, who left in May to become Mayor Tom Menino's press secretary, reports Boston Magazine's James Burnett. The double-hire also helps to address a vacancy created when Dorie Clark left the paper to serve as a spokesperson on Howard Dean's campaign. The Phoenix has been "a longtime incubator for well-known national political scribes," says Burnett, who lists Joe Klein, Sid Blumenthal, Michael Crowley and Ted Widmer among the paper's distinguished alumnus.
In addition to the layoffs, editors Karen Cook and Lenora Todaro have resigned, according to a memo posted on Romenesko. Publisher Judy Miszner says the layoffs will help the paper maintain its "long-term health and sustain profitability" and are "a reflection of the difficult business climate in New York City." Miszner also says she doesn't expect New York's economy to rebound in the coming months.
The new owner of the Knoxville, Tenn., alternative newsweekly has replaced two staff members after telling AAN News in May that he had no plans for staff changes. Brian Conley, a developer, has named an employee of his real estate firm managing editor and replaced the paper's art director with an award- winning advertising designer, who will direct a redesign.
Brad Aaron has resigned his position at Flagpole Magazine in Athens, Ga., due to "issues with some of our management practices and decisions," Editor and Publisher Pete McCommons writes in the April 23 edition (second item). Aaron's popular column, "City Dope," is "in abeyance," but "may reappear at some future time when government has run amuck and the bat signal beams to the sky," McCommons says.
Tom Grant, editor of the Local Planet Weekly, announces that he's leaving his job and running for mayor of Spokane, Wash. Grant has been a journalist for 23 years, primarily as an investigative television reporter. His reporting helped free more than a dozen innocent people from jail in the mid-1990s, and he recently helped uncover a secret deal in Spokane by which millions in taxpayer dollars were being diverted to the richest family in town. He has been with The Local Planet for two years.