This press release from The Examiner just hit CP's inbox--longtime columnist Gregory Kane is leaving The Sun and going to work for the competition. Wow.



And while we're talking about The Sun, we can't help but wonder whether a recent On the Job column from Hanah Cho, titled "Layoff Survivors Face Guilt, Uncertainty," was inspired by the plight of staffers at The Sun dealing with the aftermath of buyouts and layoffs, and the ensuing dip in morale said cutbacks are likely having on the paper's remaining employees.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Erica Horwitz, Manager of Community Relations
The Baltimore Examiner
410-878-6103
ehorwitz@baltimoreexaminer.com

The Baltimore Examiner signs columnist Gregory Kane

Baltimore, MD, July 30, 2008 - Baltimore Examiner Publisher Michael Beatty announced today that the largest and most-read newspaper in Maryland has signed long-time local columnist Gregory Kane. Mr. Kane's columns will appear on The Examiner's opinion page each Thursday and Sunday.

Kane, who started his journalism career as a freelance writer for the Baltimore Sun in 1984, signed on as a staff writer in 1993 and remained with the Sun through summer 2008.

In addition to writing nearly 300 pieces during his freelance period, Kane's work has appeared in The Baltimore Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Constitution, the Foreign Service Journal and Emerge and Headway magazines. He is a graduate of his hometown's most prestigious high school - Baltimore City College - and graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in 1978. Kane has attended college at Franklin and Marshall, the University of Maryland, Towson University and American University.

Kane is a 1996 and 1997 winner of the Headliners Award from the Press Club of Atlantic City and won the 1996 award for outstanding column writing from the Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Baltimore Magazine named him the city's best columnist in 1996 and 1997. Along with Sun reporter Gilbert Lewthwaite, Kane was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in the explanatory journalism category for a three-part series about slavery in the Sudan. Both men won the Overseas Press Club Award for best reporting on human rights and the Times Mirror Journalist of the Year Award - as well as an award from the National Association of Black Journalists - for the same series.

Kane is a visiting professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and the author of "Raising Kane" - a compilation of his Sun columns - which was published in 2001. He has also done work for the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, which is located on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical Institute in Greensboro, N.C.

In 2003 Kane visited Grenada as part of the IAJS' reporting team covering the 20th anniversary of the U.S. military intervention in that country. He has also visited Panama and Brazil and done reporting and editing for the second installment of the IAJS series "Africans in the Americas."

Beatty, who was executive sales director at the Baltimore Sun for three years, said, "I became a Gregory Kane fan when I moved here. Long after I left the Sun, I still would look forward to each and every one of his articles." Beatty added, "I know he's an incredible local talent, a true voice of this region, and he's going to be a great asset to The Baltimore Examiner."

For additional information, please contact Erica Horwitz at 410-878-6103 or ehorwitz@baltimoreexaminer.com.


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