By: Joe Strupp
Outgoing editor William Marimow of The Sun in Baltimore says his surprise firing this week has not deterred him from remaining in the newspaper business as an editor elsewhere — perhaps even as a reporter. Marimow, 57, who lost his job Monday and is being replaced by Tim Franklin of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, plans to continue a career that has spanned more than 10 years at The Sun, as well as two decades at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“When I arrived for work on Monday morning I was an active editor and I still consider myself an active editor,” Marimow told E&P by phone Wednesday as he continued to pack up his belonging at his Sun office. “I hope that some of the people I’ve worked with in the past will remember that I was a very capable editor and reporter and that there will be a place for me in the future to do good journalism, sooner rather than later.”
When asked if he would consider returning to the reporting ranks, Marimow said “absolutely.”
He would not comment on his firing, other than to say Publisher Denise Palmer had the right to hire whom she wished. “I believe strongly that that is her prerogative,” he said.
Marimow was told Monday by Palmer that he had been replaced by Franklin, who met the staff and joined the newspaper on Tuesday. The surprise firing and quick changing of the guard sparked shock and surprise among many staffers, who considered Marimow — a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner — to be a top editor and a good newsroom manager.
During a meeting with staffers shortly after the announcement, Palmer said she and Marimow were not a good fit, according to published reports. She denied that the move was made in order to allow for future newsroom layoffs that Marimow had opposed or because he had done a poor job as editor.