Thursday, March 12, 2009

Howerton goes from Berkeley to the Ex

Berkeley Daily Planet managing editor Michael Howerton, who has been at that paper since 2003, is headed to the San Francisco Examiner. Justin De Freitas, a cartoonist, writer and editor at the Planet, is taking over as managing editor. The moves were announced in Editor Becky O'Malley's column, where she says of Howerton: "He’s been a pleasure to work with, we regret his loss and we’ll miss him, but in truth it’s a good decision for him. He’s supporting a family, with a spouse who hopes for an academic career. The Examiner is part of a larger organization that seems financially stable and offers an upward career path. Very few new jobs are on offer in journalism — it’s a compliment to the Planet that our employees are being recruited for one of them."

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