April 30, 2004

George Rodrigue promoted to vice president, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News

(Story provided by The Dallas Morning News)

DALLAS -- George Rodrigue, an award-winning veteran journalist, was named vice president/managing editor of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

He will direct daily operations of the news departments and report to president and editor Robert W. Mong Jr. The appointment takes effect July 5.

Mr. Rodrigue, 47, succeeds Stuart Wilk, who was named vice president/associate editor.

Since joining the newspaper in 1982 as a reporter, Mr. Rodrigue has held various positions at The News and its parent company, Dallas-based Belo Corp. -- including European Bureau chief, Washington correspondent and executive editor of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.

Mr. Rodrigue shared two Pulitzer Prizes while at The News. He is vice president of the Belo Capital Bureau in Washington, D.C.

"George is one of the brightest journalists in the country, and he will bring his many talents to our newsroom," Mr. Mong said.

In his new position, Mr. Wilk will focus on projects at The News and across Belo, which owns three other daily newspapers, 19 television stations and various cable and interactive properties.

Mr. Wilk, who is president of the Associated Press Managing Editors organization, has been managing editor of The News since 1996 and was the first to be named a newspaper vice president. He joined The News in 1980 as night city editor and has served as metropolitan editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor.

"Stu has been one of the chief architects of the modern Dallas Morning News," Mr. Mong said.

Gilbert Bailon was named publisher/editor of Al Dia, the six-days-a-week Spanish-language newspaper launched by The News in September. He had been president/editor of Al Dia.

Mr. Bailon has been on special assignment since 2002 to create and lead Al Dia. He continued to serve as The News' vice president/executive editor. That position will no longer exist.

Mr. Bailon joined The News in 1986 as a reporter and is on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Among other management changes announced Thursday:

Walt Stallings becomes senior deputy managing editor.

Currently a deputy managing editor, he will take on new duties, including supervising two new assistant managing editors who will direct coverage of local news.

One of those new editors will be Leona Allen, who will direct coverage in Collin County and Dallas-area suburbs. Ms. Allen has been the Collin County editor since the launch of The News' Collin County edition in 2003.

Also reporting to Mr. Stallings will be a new assistant managing editor/metro, who will direct coverage of Dallas. This new editor, who has yet to be named, will succeed Sharon Grigsby, who will become deputy editorial page editor. She will report to Keven Ann Willey, vice president/editorial page editor.

Mark Miller, currently a senior editor for news development at Newsweek magazine, becomes assistant managing editor/Sunday/Page One enterprise/topics. A former Newsweek chief of correspondents, Mr. Miller also worked as White House correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief.

Mark Edgar, political editor, becomes assistant managing editor for national, international, state and political news.

Pam Maples, projects editor, becomes assistant managing editor/projects/investigations.