A reporter on a routine weather assignment became part of the story when he saved a baby from a car sinking into a rainfilled ditch. General assignment reporter Kevin Kinnaird of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press was working on a storm story on Jan. 3 when the Southern Indiana road he was on became flooded. Looking in the rear-view mirror of his vehicle, he spotted a small car slip nose-first into a flooded ditch. Kinnaird raced to the sinking car as the driver called out to him: "Take my baby, take my baby." The woman handed her 13-month-old son Isaiah to Kinnaird. The reporter carried the child to safety while another bystander rescued the mother, 24-year-old Mitzi Bolin. "I didn't think it was that great of a thing, really, but everyone else here did," Kinnaird said.
Les Goodstein, executive vice president and associate publisher of the New York Daily News since 1995, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer. "I'm pleased to be at the helm of such a great New York institution," Goodstein said. He has been with the paper for 22 years. In his new posts, which are newly created, he will be in charge of the paper's day-to-day operations. "Les has done an outstanding job at the News in all the years I've been associated with the paper," said News chairman and copublisher Mortimer Zuckerman, who made the announcement on Jan. 17. Ira Ellenthal, the CEO for U.S. News & World Report, will succeed Goodstein.
John McMeel, 63, who co-founded Universal Press Syndicate in 1970 and built it into one of the nation's three biggest syndicates, stepped down as president as of Feb. 10. Robert Daffy, 54, Universal's vice president of sales and director of new media, succeeded McMeel. Lee Salem, 53, is being promoted from vice president and editorial director to executive vice president and editor of the syndicate. Salem will be the first person to hold those two titles since Universal co-founder Jim Andrews died in 1980. `After 30 years as president, it's time for a change," McMeel said. He will remain the chairman and president of Andrews McMeel Universal, the syndicate's parent company.
Cathy Baron Tamraz, executive vice president of Business Wire, has been named to the newly-created position of chief operating officer, the company announced Jan. 13. Tamraz, a 20-year veteran at the company, will oversee the company's day-to-day operations, long-term strategic planning and global branding. "Cathy is a creative strategist who is one of the leading executives in our industry," said Lorry I. Lokey, president and founder of Business Wire. "She has propelled Business Wire to a level of excellence that has made us leaders in both market share and member satisfaction."
Los Angeles Times Editor Michael Parks said on Jan. 7 that his handling of a profit-sharing arrangement with the Staples Center was "naive" and "arrogant," but that he had decided not to quit. Parks elevated two of the paper's senior editors to newly created positions in an effort to redress newsroom management problems. Parks is turning over the newsroom's dayto-day operations to newly named executive editor Leo Wolinsky. Wolinsky was formerly the paper's managing editor. Ardith Hilliard, editor of the paper's Valley Edition, was named associate editor and assigned to implement a recently adopted set of guidelines to protect the newsroom's independence.
A.M. Rosenthal, fired from The New York Times last year, is resurfacing at the New York Daily News. …