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Memphis biz editor leaving paper

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James Overstreet, the business editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, is leaving the paper to become executive editor and associate publisher of the Memphis Daily News, according to a brief on the Commercial Appeal’s Web site.

The brief states, “Overstreet starts the new job Feb 1.

“With a staff of about seven, the Daily News publishes five days a week and tracks local politics, business and commerce, in addition to printing public notices. The Daily News Publishing Co. owns The Daily News along with Chandler Reports and the weekly Memphis News.

“Overstreet joined The Commercial Appeal’s business desk in 2003 as the deputy business editor and was later named the Business Editor in 2005. Before coming to The Commercial Appeal, he worked as a reporter and managing editor for the Memphis Business Journal as well as other publications in the Southeast.”

Read more here. Overstreet is a 1992 graduate of the University of Memphis. He also worked two years at the Charlotte Business Journal.

Denver TV biz reporter back at old job

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Television reporter Gregg Moss is returning to his old job covering business news and consumer trends for Denver television station KUSA, according to a Denver Business Journal story.

The story states, “Moss, who left the station — branded as 9News — eight months ago, starts with the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate Monday in a part-time role.

“He has been chief marketing officer for Louisville-based Alem International Management Inc., an event planning and marketing company. Moss will continue to work on business strategy for the company.

“Moss was thrilled 9News invited him back on terms that amount to having the best of both worlds professionally, he said in an email.

“‘To me, this is an opportunity to pursue my passion of broadcast business journalism at the best station in the country and still maintain some of my outside business interests,’ he wrote.”

Read more here.

Utah biz magazine executive editor becomes ME of Ohio paper

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David Kennard, formerly the executive editor of Utah Business magazine, has been named the managing editor of the Mansfield News Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Ohio, according to an AP story.

The story states, “David Kennard started the new job Monday after working as executive editor for ‘Utah Business’ in Salt Lake City.

“He succeeds Carl Hunnell, who stepped down to take a position at the Richland County Children Services agency.

“The 46-year-old Kennard previously was publisher and editor at the Troy Daily News in Ohio and worked at newspapers in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.

“The News Journal is owned by the Gannett Co. and has a daily circulation of about 21,000.”

Read more here.

ACBJ kills NASCAR publication

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Michael Smith of the Sports Business Journal reports that American City Business Journals has pulled the plug on NASCAR Scene, a publication that started in 1977, and will merge into the monthly NASCAR Illustrated magazine.

Smith writes, “Street & Smith’s Sports Group — a unit of American City Business Journals, which also owns the Charlotte Business Journal, SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily — says the Web site Scenedaily.com will continue to provide coverage of breaking news and NASCAR race coverage.

“With the merger, 18 staff positions at NASCAR Scene were eliminated across editorial and advertising, while others were folded into an enhanced Illustrated that will begin covering the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series for the first time.

“‘Scene’s traditional focus has always been on race coverage,’ says ACBJ President and Chief Executive Whitney Shaw. ‘But readers now want to get those stories almost as soon as the checkered flag drops, so sending them a newspaper that arrives five or six days later became a challenge. Add in the impact of the current economic downturn, which has been magnified in so many businesses tied to NASCAR, and it just became time to refocus.’”

Read more here.

Former Hartford consumer columnist now appearing in other papers

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George Gombossy, the former business editor and consumer columnist at the Hartford Courant, is now writing his consumer advice column for two other newspapers in Connecticut, The Bristol Press and New Britain Herald.

Gombossy left the Courant last year after disagreements over one of his columns, and he then sued the paper. Gombossy also started a Web site, connecticutwatchdog.com.

A story in the Bristol paper states, “He worked with thousands of readers who sent him tips and his Watchdog columns resulted in more than a dozen state investigations.

“During his 40-year career at the newspaper, Gombossy led teams of reporters that won dozens of awards, including the George Polk Award and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.

“The National Association of Consumer Advocates gave Gombossy its highest journalistic award — the 2009 Media Award — for his 40 years of working on behalf of consumers and investors as a reporter, editor and columnist.”

Read more here.

LATimes names new markets reporter

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Los Angeles Times business editor John Corrigan and markets editor Art Buckler sent out the following e-mail to the staff on Friday:

Nathaniel Popper joins The Times as a Business reporter in New York, where he will cover Wall Street, the financial markets and other stories about money and power in Gotham.

“Nathaniel comes to us from the Forward, the Jewish-American weekly newspaper, where he spent six years as a reporter and for a time as an editor. His articles exposing the miserable working conditions at the country’s largest kosher meat packing plant won a Deadline Club Award from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and were a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award. He has had freelance pieces published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review and even the Los Angeles Times.

“A native of Pittsburgh, Nathaniel got a bachelor’s degree in American history and literature at Harvard, where he played intercollegiate hockey. He also studied German literature on a yearlong fellowship at Freie Universitat in Berlin. He also found time to hike the southern half of the Appalachian Trail.

“Nathaniel will be in Los Angeles for three weeks starting Monday, Jan. 11, before starting in our NYC bureau Feb. 1. He succeeds Walter Hamilton, who has returned here as a Los Angeles-based financial reporter after seven years of outstanding work covering Wall Street.”

Read more here.

CNN chief biz correspondent Velshi gets more duties

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Kevin Allocca of TVNewser is reporting that Ali Velshi, the chief business correspondent at CNN, will also start handling a 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. general news timeslot on the cable network.

Allocca reports, “In a note to staff, CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein said that Velshi will remain chief business correspondent and continue to co-anchor ‘Your $$$$$.’

“Velshi has been reporting out of the New York bureau, but the new gig will broadcast from CNN’s Atlanta HQ. Velshi, who’s best known for his business reporting and field reports, has become increasingly visible on the network over the past year, providing coverage of the financial crisis. He’s also filled in for Campbell Brown and Rick Sanchez. Most recently, he anchored the network’s coverage of the Christmas day attempted terrorist attack.

“Klein wrote, ‘Ali brings the expertise and passion that viewers expect from CNN, as he recently demonstrated when he so deftly handled the Christmas day breaking news about the attempted terror threat.’

“The announcement goes hand in hand with news of anchor Heidi Collins departure from the network.”

Read more here.

Former NYT econ reporter Andrews to Fiscal Times

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Former New York Times economics reporter Edmund Andrews has landed a job at the Fiscal Times, a new digital news service covering fiscal and budgetary issues, reports Michael Calderone of Politico.com.

Calderone writes, “Andrews had been one of the top writers at the Times covering economics and fiscal policy and last year gained more attention for his book documenting his own financial troubles associated with the mortgage crisis.

“While he will not be working for the Fiscal Times on a full-time basis, Andrews said by phone that he has already committed to write some pieces. The upstart news organization will soon launch a website and is forging partnerships to run its content in other outlets — the first example running in The Washington Post last week.

“But that first piece drew fire from critics, who questioned the Post’s running a piece on Social Security from an outlet funded by Pete Peterson, the billionaire Wall Street financier who’s been a longtime critic of the Social Security system. Post Editor Marcus Brauchli defended running the article, and Fiscal Times Washington Editor Eric Pianin told POLITICO that the staff are ‘not advocates’ in the issues they cover.

“Andrews said he followed the recent controversy but, in conversations with Pianin before joining, was convinced that there is a separation between the Peterson Foundation and the Fiscal Times editorial product.”

Read more here.

Houston assistant biz editor quits to be closer to home

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Tara Young, an assistant business editor at the Houston Chronicle, has left the paper and is planning to return to her home state of Alabama.

An e-mail sent to the staff by business editor Laura Goldberg stated, “She is planning to move back to Alabama to be close to family where she will pursue a law degree at the University of Alabama.  We thank her for all of her hard work and wish her well in her endeavors.”

Young had been an assistant business editor at the Houston paper since February 2006, and she had been night city editor at the Chronicle. Young also taught journalism at the University of Houston.

Young previously worked at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. While there, she worked as an adjunct teaching journalism at Dillard University.

She is a journalism graduate from the University of Alabama.

Santa talks labor issues, stimulus

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Leigh Kelley, a business reporter with the Hendersonville Times-News in North Carolina, recently sat down for an interview with Santa Claus himself, president and CEO of one of the world’s most successful organizations, “Christmas Inc.”

Here is an excerpt:

L.K.: You seemed to have a labor relations problem earlier this season with the elves. I understand they were protesting over the organization’s dress code because their pointy shoes were uncomfortable, even taking to the airwaves through radio and television ads to declare that “elfish joy” would disappear and not return until their demands for more comfortable foot wear were met. Has this situation been resolved?

S.C.: Well, those shoes do pinch, so we gave them some slack this year. We told them they could wear other shoes if they wanted as long as they stay in their lederhosen (leg wear). You have to make concessions sometimes if you want to keep good employees.

L.K.: Some businesses took advantage of President Obama’s federal stimulus program this year. Did you?

S.C.: No, we didn’t need to borrow any money. We have an endowment and that money come from donations by folks all around the world. Even though it has been less than in years past, we have not had to touch our principal, so we’re in good shape. We’re leveraged pretty well.