Monday 22 January 2007

Gord Walsh exits

A new week and a new departure at the ever-shrinking Toronto Sun newsroom.

Veteran Sun staffer Gord Walsh, who worked his way up the Sun ladder from police reporter to managing editor, has called it quits and will make his exit on Feb. 2.

"It is time to try something else - after I take a break," says Gord, a good-natured newsman who has kept the newsroom afloat despite heavy staff cutbacks.

Gord, managing editor for almost eight years, says there was no "final straw" in his decision to resign.

"Just doing something I have been thinking about for a long time. It has been a great ride and I am leaving on a positive note. Change is as good as a rest, so they say."

Speaking of rest, we can't imagine the stress level of an ME at the Sun these days.

Sun staffers at the 35th anniversary reunion of former and current staffers in November said Gord was doing a Herculean job in managing a newsroom with a bare bones staff.

Gord has always been a dedicated Sun staffer, back to the 1980's while manning the police desk. When he graduated to city desk, he did so with ease. Reporters appreciated his laid back style in management/staff relations.

Gord and his replacement, Michael Burke-Gaffney, have worked together for more than two decades. We are sure Gord, always the gentleman, wishes Mike well as ME.

We wish you well, Gord. It was always a pleasure working with you. The Star, Globe and Post would be wise to note that you are available.

And to Michael, former Sunday Sun editor and multi-talented newsman, our best wishes as ME and resident juggler.

The Sun newsroom still doesn't have an editor-in-chief, a post left vacant in September with the sudden resignation of Jim Jennings.

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