‘Plain Dealer’ M.E., Tom O’Hara, Will Exit

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The Plain Dealer says managing editor Tom O’Hara is leaving to teach classes in ethics and open government at Kent State University.

The 60-year-old O’Hara has been managing editor at the paper since 2000.

He’s helped guide coverage by the state’s largest newspaper of the September 11th, 2001, terror attacks and the multistate blackout in 2003.

The newspaper didn’t announce a successor for O’Hara, who will leave his job this month.

O’Hara previously worked at five newspapers in Florida, including The Miami Herald.

He started his career as a sports reporter in 1972 at The Gainesville Sun.

The Plain Dealer’s editor, Doug Clifton, retired in May and was succeeded by Susan Goldberg, formerly executive editor and vice president of the San Jose Mercury News.

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