Thursday, 31 May 2007

Hann city editor

Kevin Hann, a Toronto Sun staffer who has worn many hats at the tabloid since the 1980s, has been named city editor.

Kevin has been an assistant city editor in a newsroom without a city editor for far too long. His overdue promotion should bring stability back to a newsroom shaken by months of layoffs, buyouts and resignations.

"This is a long overdue appointment for a guy who has an incredible work ethic, is a great newsman and longtime Sun staffer," says one source. "This is good news from King Street East."

Glenn Garnett, editor in chief, announces the appointment today in his Inside the Sun blog, along with Gary Loewen, assistant sports editor, being promoted to associate sports editor.

Gary, who joined the Toronto Sun in 1995 as a night editor, has been (sports editor) Dave Fuller's right-hand man in helping develop the Sun's centralized sports section.

"Like Kevin, he's an unflappable, go-to kind of guy and we welcome him to the management ranks," Glenn says of Gary. "He's already wearing a tie."

City desk, aka the metro desk during the amalgamation years, was long the critical anchor of the Sun newsroom and where a long list of greats held court. Among them, Les Pyette, Bob Vezina, Gord Walsh and Bob McConachie.

A major daily newspaper without a city editor hasn't made sense.

Congratulations Kevin. A most deserving promotion.

Now bring back the rewrite desk, another key Sun newsroom position axed years ago, and the city desk will be working on all cylinders once again.

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