Robservations: Dahleen Glanton and Shannon Ryan announce Tribune buyout
Observations on the media beat:
The day the Chicago Tribune published farewell columns of John Kass, Mary Schmich and Heidi Stevens, another star columnist has announced her imminent departure. Dahleen Glanton, who brought a thoughtful perspective on issues of race, poverty, violence and social justice to Tribune readers, told social media subscribers on Sunday that she was leaving at the end of the week after accepting an offer to takeover of the new owner Alden Global Capital. “It was a bittersweet decision, but I know it’s the right one,” she wrote, telling her followers, “You’ve been my best support system, you regularly read my columns, comment and share them. ” Glanton, who grew up in Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, joined the Tribune in 1989 from the Los Angeles Times. Prior to her appointment as a columnist, she served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Metro and Atlanta Bureau Chief.
In January Shannon ryan Became the first lady be named Illinois Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Now she is also leaving the Chicago Tribune. The veteran sports journalist, whose beats have included college football and basketball, has announced that she is also taking a buyout. “A tough decision, but I’ll be among those who leave the Tribune,” she tweeted. “Another update on my future soon. Beyond gratitude for working with such talented, motivated and passionate journalists during my time with @ChicagoSports. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Ryan was a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer before joining the Tribune in 2007.
Tina Sfondeles, former major political reporter at the Sun-Times, joined Politico.com as a White House reporter. She will co-write the West Wing Playbook with Alex Thompson. For the past year, Sfondeles served on the Washington-based policy team of Business Insider, the national news website. Prior to joining The Sun-Times as a preparatory sports editor in 2007, Sfondeles was news editor at Audacy all-news WBBM 780-AM / WCFS 105.9-FM and production assistant for “The Steve dahl Show. ”She is a graduate of Lemont High School and holds degrees from Loyola University and Columbia College.
that of Chicago Radio communications museum welcomes two new members to its board of directors. Longtime Chicago Radio Personality Bonnie DeShong, who now hosts “Bonnie’s Eye” on FM Omnichannel 95.1 FM Chicago, is the former co-host of Chicago Municipal Television “Chicago Works” and former director of community relations at the DuSable Museum of African American History. And Mike Hillström, former broadcaster, is president and owner of Select Marketing Group, a strategic marketing and media management company. “As we seek new perspectives and talent for our Board of Directors, I am delighted that Bonnie and Mike are joining our team,” Chairman of the Board. David Pince said in a statement. “They will each have a profound impact as we deepen our educational mission and plan for the future of our institution. “
Services will be Wednesday for David Smallwood, Longtime Chicago reporter and former editor of N’Digo magazine, who died June 11 of complications from multiple myeloma and COVID-19. He was 66 years old. As a teenager he wrote for at Lu Palmer Black X-Press and later as a copy clerk for The Sun-Times, Smallwood went on to work for Jet, Dollars & Sense and N’Digo magazine, which he helped launch in 1989. “He read each and every magazine. word from every newspaper to make sure it was right, with meaning and context ”, editor Hermene Hartman Told Maudlyne Ihejirika of Sun-Time. (Here is the link.) “He often stayed in the office, sleeping on a couch, on due days. He got it and was part of the mission to change the Black Chicago narrative. Born in Chicago and raised on the South Side, Smallwood attended Dixon Elementary School and Lindblom High School and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Commentary for Saturday: Gary Lee: Robert Feder, your work has taken on similarities to that of an undertaker at the peak of the pandemic. Barely a pause as the causalities accumulate. Of course, there is no comparison to the loss of life and no disrespect that is intended. Although Tribune’s buyouts are voluntary, it is likely that the departure would have been inevitable, with less favorable terms. Applying another COVID benchmark, the remaining staff members could be seen as “long haul”, suffering debilitating effects, unsure of their own survival. Tragic. And the dark task continues.