Jumping the Fence

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Author: Lori Robertson
Date: Dec. 1999
From: American Journalism Review(Vol. 21, Issue 10)
Publisher: University of Maryland
Document Type: Article
Length: 561 words

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When Tom Griscom left his first job as a Chattanooga News-Free Press staffer after seven years, he knew he'd be back.

In 1978, the then-political editor departed "with the hope at some point that I would be able to come back here to Chattanooga to the newspaper and get involved in journalism again," says Griscom, 50.

Sure enough, 21 years later, Griscom becomes executive editor of the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, a new position that Publisher Walter E. Hussman Jr. says will help the paper progress faster and "with more certainty."

Managing Editor Bob Lutgen, formerly ME of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will report to Griscom, who was in large part sought out because he is a native and a well-respected Chattanoogan.

"I think that a newspaper can do a better job of producing a quality product if you...

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