Memphis ‘Commercial Appeal’ Reorganizes Editorial Staff

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By: E&P Staff

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis has reorganized its newsroom staff, with the goals of focusing more intently on five local news zoned editions, building online readership, and emphasizing more interactivity with readers.

Scott Sines has been promoted to managing editor. Sines, 54, joined the Commercial Appeal in 2003 as deputy editor.

Louis Graham has been appointed assistant managing editor/news. Graham, 49, has nearly three decades of experience covering Greater Memphis and has served as metro editor since 2004.

John Stamm has been appointed executive news editor. Stamm, 54, joined the Commercial Appeal in 1983, became executive sports editor in 1986, and was named executive news editor in 2003.

John Sale has been named assistant managing editor/visuals. Sale, 50, has been director of photography since 2004.

Peggy McKenzie has been named assistant managing editor/features and new products. McKenzie, 54, started at the newspaper 27 years ago as a general assignment reporter and was named features editor in 2000.

Jeni Donlon and Carolyn Cerbin have been named all-zone editors, and will assign and edit stories that appear in all zones of the paper. Donlon, 42, joined the staff in 1990 and has served in a variety of positions in news and education. Cerbin, 49, was Sunday editor at The Dallas Morning News for five years and served as editorial director of Leisure Publications in Los Angeles.

Scott Hill has been named Memphis zone editor. Hill, 60, joined the Commercial Appeal in 1979 and has held numerous editing positions. Most recently, he was assistant metro editor.

Halimah Abdullah will serve as the paper’s regional editor/reporter. Abdullah, 31, has been a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News and Newsday in Melville, N.Y.

Kim Coleman is the Appeal’s new art director. Coleman, 38, joined the paper last year after working as a page designer at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal in New Mexico and at the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky.

David Williams has been named assistant business editor. Williams, 45, came to the paper in 1988 as a sports reporter and has served as a business reporter since 2003.

David Darnell has been appointed photo editor/administration. Darnell, 60, became a staff photographer in 1970 and was promoted to chief photographer in 1992.

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