MediaWatch: March 1989

Vol. Three No. 3

Revolving Door: Week in Review View

Week in Review View. An early February shake-up of New York Times editors moved Erik Eckholm from science and health editing responsibilities to control of the "Week in Review" section. In 1979 and 1980 Eckholm served on the State Department policy planning staff. He helped formulate Carter Administration international oil and energy policy.

In the Morning Again. Bob Ferrante, Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee from 1986 until the party released him just before its 1988 convention, has joined National Public Radio as Executive Producer of morning news. He'll oversee the weekday Morning Edition and Saturday and Sunday Weekend Edition. Ferrante's worked similar hours before. In 1983 he was Executive Producer of the CBS Morning News, becoming Senior Producer of the CBS election news unit the next year.

A Little Move. Christopher Little, Newsweek magazine President, has resigned after 16 months to be President of Cowles Magazines Inc,. publishers of Country Journal and Bow Hunter, among others. During the late 1960's Little was the top aide to U.S. Representative Bob Eckhardt, a Texas Democrat.

Not So New at The New Republic. After the departure of Charles Krauthammer The New Republic (TNR) offered two former staffers a return engagement. Hendrik Hertzberg, TNR Editor from 1981 to 1985 and Mickey Kaus, the magazine's West Coast reporter in the early 1980's, have become Senior Editors. Hertzberg was a Newsweek reporter in the 1960's and later wrote speeches for President Carter. Kaus, a Senior Writer at Newsweek since mid-1987, drafted speeches for Democratic Senator Ernest Hollings in 1983-84. In a 1988 Newsweek article Kaus boasted: "I was a long-haired Ivy League leftist in the late '60's, and I'm still basically proud of what I did then."

Bush Workers. Kristin Clark Taylor, a member of the USA Today editorial board and a Gannett business reporter between 1982 and 1987, is now Director of Media Relations at the White House....Loye Miller, a Newhouse news service White House and political reporter from 1979 to 1985 who previously worked for Knight Ridder, is now Director of Public Affairs for the Justice Department. He served as Press Secretary for Education's Bill Bennett until last Fall....Richard Burt, national security correspondent for The New York Times from 1977 to 1981, travels from Bonn, where he was Reagan's Ambassador to West Germany, to Geneva where he'll be chief strategic arms negotiator....Edwin Dale, a long time Times reporter who was Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) until he left in 1987 for a Commerce Department position, is back at OMB as Director of External Affairs.

Up from Today. Margie Lehrman, Washington Producer of Today since 1983, is the new Deputy Washington Bureau Chief under Tim Russert, a former aide to New York's liberal Governor Mario Cuomo. Lehrman worked as a press assistant to Republican Senator Robert Griffin of Michigan, before joining NBC News in 1979 as a researcher.