Walton Leaving 'Blade' After 42 Years

By: E&P Staff Thomas Walton, who began his journalism career 42 years ago, retired Friday as The Blade's editor and vice president.

Walton, 63, spent most of his career at the newspaper, starting as a reporter in 1965. He was named editor in 1989, which put him in charge of the newspaper's editorial pages, and became a vice president of the company in 1996.

His successor had not been announced.

Walton spent 13 years at The Herald of Monterey, Calif., which at the time was owned by The Blade, serving as managing editor and editor.

The Blade, owned by Block Communications Inc., has a daily circulation of 135,000 and 180,000 on Sundays.

Before graduating from college, Walton spent time as a crew member on the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald. His uncle was among the 29 killed when the ship sank in Lake Superior in 1975.


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