Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

New M.E. at Post

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

New M.E. at Post

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Pam Maples, an editor in charge of projects and investigations at the Dallas Morning News, has been named managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The position remained unfilled since last November when Arnie Robbins, who had been managing editor, was named editor of the Post to replace Ellen Soeteber, who resigned. Robbins had joked about possibly not naming a managing editor, saying in a newsroom memo, "What the hell do they do anyway?"

Later, he said he wanted to find someone "who will knock my socks off."

Staffers who had worked under three top editors hired from outside the paper thought it might be best not to go that route again, and instead pick a well-qualified person who rose through the ranks, as had been the policy for decades during the Pulitzer administration.

But the reaction to Maples' selection was that Robbins did well in landing her, and it may help bolster the paper's flagging reputation. "She's the real deal," said reporter Michael Sorkin.

Her experience includes covering city hall, politics, cops, courts and county government, along with a stint as assistant city editor.

Maples, 48, was a member of a reporting team in Dallas that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for "Violence Against Women: A Question of Human Rights."

She's been assistant managing editor for projects and investigations at the Morning News since 2000. Before that she was national editor. She led or helped lead investigations of steroids use in Texas high school sports, racial bias in jury selection and moving of abusive Catholic priests and the role of the church and law enforcement to allow them to keep working. …

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