Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Who's Demoted? Who's Quitting? Register's Dana Boone Gone After Demotion, Bill Reiter Quits After Editor Washburn Is Critical Of His Work

Demotions? Resignations?

Well, you came to the right place to get the latest from the ever-changing newsroom at the Des Moines Register.

Here's today's report from an impeccable source:

"I heard that reporter Dana Boone abruptly quit this week after she was demoted to the zoned neighborhood sections.

"Also, reporter Bill Reiter has left to take a job in Kansas City after Carolyn Washburn [right] was apparently critical of his work.

"No word on what will happen to Reiter's wife, Laurie Mansfield [left], who is on the Juice staff.

"And, Randy Essex, the former assistant managing editor who left to join Paul Anger in Detroit as the news editor there, has been demoted to business editor. He left the Register when he did not get the managing editor's job after Rick Tapscott quit."

[RON MALY'S COMMENTS: Reiter was a promising writer who will be missed by readers -- but evidently not by Washburn, the Register's editor. My guess is that it will be a less-juicy Juice once Mansfield leaves for Kansas City to join Reiter. I doubt many tears are being shed in Des Moines over what's happened to Essex in Detroit. He won no popularity contests here].