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Newsroom leadership changes at Duluth News Tribune
Robin Washington, Duluth News Tribune editor since January 2010, completed his last day with the company on Thursday.
Although he would not elaborate on the circumstances that precipitated his departure, Washington said he and the company have differing newsroom philosophies.
He joined the DNT in June 2004 as editorial page editor and was named news director in 2008 before becoming chief editor. Earlier in his career, Washington served as editor and publisher of the Lake County News Chronicle in Two Harbors.
“It’s been a great 10 years and I thank everybody in the company and its community papers,” he said Friday. “I wish the paper well in its new direction.”
Before joining the News Tribune, Washington, while at the Boston Herald, helped break numerous stories about priest abuse of children. At the time, Boston was an epicenter in the scandal, which continues to plague the Roman Catholic Church. While at the DNT, he also led his newsroom to pursue stories about child abuse by priests in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
While DNT editor, the newspaper won a variety of national awards including ones from Scripps Howard and the Society of Professional Journalists.
“Within two years, we had three top national awards. It wasn’t my accomplishment but the accomplishment of all of us,” he said.
Publisher Ken Browall did not return a request for comment.
Washington, 57, said he is positive about his future.
“I have lots of plans and already have some irons in the fire,” he said.
The Duluth daily has experience considerable newsroom churn in recent months. This week, multi-media editor Jimmy Bellamy departed to accept a social media position with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. In September, Georgia Swing retired from her position as DNT managing editor and Jaime DeLage left his city desk position to become web producer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Other notable retirements included Mark Stodghill from the crime beat and Kevin Pates from the sports department.
Another once-notable name in News Tribune leadership, Steve McLister, publisher from 2007-2009, is no longer with the DNT’s parent company. McLister left Duluth to become vice president of newspapers at Forum Communications in Fargo but no longer is with the regional media company.
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