Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Enquirer gets new editor

Ward Bushee leads Phoenix newsroom
in top-job switch

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Tom Callinan on Monday was named editor and vice president/news at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mr. Callinan, 54, has been editor of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix since December 2000.

He switches jobs with Ward Bushee, who was announced as new Republic editor Monday in Phoenix.

Both newspapers are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.

"I feel very good to be here, but it's not about me," Mr. Callinan said. "I just want everyone here to know that while change is coming, it's not going to be me coming in to change everything. It's going to be all of us going forward together."

Enquirer president and publisher Harry Whipple called the switch "a fortunate coincidence" for the Enquirer.

• Age: 54.
• Family: Wife, Maureen, is a lawyer; three children.
• Career: Started in 1975 as correspondent for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Daily Times; 1977, named managing editor of the Little Falls (Minn.) Daily Transcript; 1983, named assistant city editor of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., and eventually named news editor and managing editor there; 1986, named editor of Lansing State Journal; 1991, named executive editor of the Fort Myers News-Press; 1994, named editor and vice president/news of the Democrat and Chronicle and Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y.; 2000, named editor of the Arizona Republic.
"Ward had planned one day to move back to the West, where he's spent most of his career, and Tom had expressed a similar desire to come east, so it works out for both of them," Mr. Whipple said.

Mr. Bushee had been editor at the Enquirer since January 1999.

Mr. Callinan is a native of Minnesota and joined Gannett in 1977. He has worked as a reporter and editor at papers in Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Florida and New York, and at USA Today.

He recently received a master of science degree, focusing on management and new media, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been an adjunct instructor at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism.

He won Gannett's Editor of the Year award in 1997 while in Rochester, N.Y., and has won six Gannett President's Rings.

E-mail cpeale@enquirer.com

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