Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Dennis Coday Named NCR Editor

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Dennis Coday Named NCR Editor

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Dennis Coday, 50, National Catholic Reporter managing editor since July 2010, has been named the publication's new editor. In that position he will be responsible for the content of NCR's print and electronic editions. Making the announcement, publisher Tom Fox said Coday is solidly poised to take NCR into a new era. "He has sound editorial judgment, understands the changing electronic tools, and has the character and values needed to lead NCR forward.

"I couldn't be more pleased that he's accepting the post," said Fox, who has been editor since July 2008. Fox will continue as publisher while taking on new company projects. Annette Lomont, NCR board chair, said the board is "highly pleased" with the Coday appointment. "We are most fortunate to have him in this leadership position."

Fox also announced the appointment of Denise Simeone to a new NCR position, director of mission and program development. Simeone, who has recently been working part time at NCR with Celebration editor Pat Marrin, will be working on several mission-related company projects.

Coday first began to contribute to NCR in 1999 from Bangkok, Thailand. He had moved there in 1992 to work as an editor for the Union of Catholic Asian News, and later as a freelance writer. From 1996 to 2003, he worked primarily as a freelancer, covering a variety of topics including business and finance, tourism and travel, refugees, human rights, development and the Catholic church in Asia for publications in the United States and Asia. He also worked as a copy editor for The Nation, one of Bangkok's English-language daily newspapers.

It was in Bangkok that Coday met his wife, Jaratsri. They married in 1994 in Bangkok where their three sons were born. He came to Kansas City, Mo., as NCR website coordinator in 2003. NCR has had an online presence since 1995, but it was in 2003 that the NCR began concerted work to realize the potential of this changing medium. …

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