Friday, 14 November 2008

Lifestyle updates

Joan Sutton Straus has updated TSF on the post-Sun lives of two of her "babies" in Lifestyle: Barb Cole and Diane Solway.

"When we are remembering the success of the Sun alumni/alumnae, I'd like to remind everyone about two of my "babies," says Joan, a Day Oner and founding Lifestyle editor.

"Barb Cole was the first person I hired for the Lifestyle department when the budget increased so that I didn't have to be the whole department myself.

"She came on as a fashion writer, but we quickly discovered that she had a talent for photography. She has since gone on to a commercial career, with many advertising clients, and also one as a distinguished photographer.

"Her work has appeared in galleries in Toronto, New York, East Hampton, has been shown at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and collected in books.

"As the Sun flourished, the budgets became a little bigger, to the point where it hired summer interns. I was assigned Diane Solway. As you can imagine, I wasn't very happy about having the daughter of a Sun director in the department, but Diane proved to be an excellent worker, eager to learn, with great potential.

"Diane went on to write sports at the Sun before moving to New York, where she really has found her niche. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the NYTimes magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

"She has written two very well received books, A Dance Against Time, and Nureyev: His Life. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia School of Journalism and an editor at W."

Thanks for the updates, Joan. As always, it is interesting to hear about the post-Sun lives of former staffers.

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