In September, a number of AWSM members found themselves accepting new jobs. Our industry also lost a veteran reporter with the passing of Mary Foster of the Associated Press. Read on for more details.
• Ann Killion has been named the sports columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
As a young reporter, Killion “cut my teeth on the 49ers‘ beat then moved on to writing opinion. My husband and I have raised two kids who know neither the cold of baseball at Candlestick or the 49ers as a dynasty. But they experienced something their late grandpa never did: a Giants World Series victory.”
Read the Chronicle’s introduction of Killion to readers by clicking here.
• Lindsay Jones accepted a job at USA Today covering the NFL. Jones, AWSM’s internship/scholarship program coordinator, will be based in Denver.
• Colleen McDaniel is the new managing editor of Cruisecritic.com. She had previously been the sports editor of the Virginian-Pilot.
• Iliana Limon Romero has been named the college sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel. She has been a sports reporter with the Sentinel since 2007.
• Lacie Pinyan, the sports editor of the Anniston (Ala.) Star, has taken a job with Oxmore House Publishing.
• Michelle Gingras has joined UT San Diego as multimedia sports reporter.
• Sarah Kuta is the new outdoors reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera.
Veteran Associated Press reporter Mary Foster died on Sept. 24, at age 68, after a battle with cancer. She covered many beats in her career, including the New Orleans Saints and other area sports teams, along with crime, food and New Orleans culture.
She began covering sports in 1992, and was known for bringing her two sons with her run quotes at Saints and LSU games.
According her youngest son, Frankie Klug, the Saints distributed towels for their players to cover up when his mom came into the locker room. She framed one of the “Mary Foster towels,” as they became known to the players, for posterity.
“It was kind of a joke, but she was proud of it,” Klug told the Associated Press.
To read the complete story posted on the Associated Press website, click here.