Inquirer Editor Named Distinguished Professional-In-Residence

3-28-97

University Park, Pa. - The Penn State College of Communications and The Philadelphia Inquirer announced Friday that Gene Foreman, deputy editor and vice president of The Inquirer, has been named the College's first Distinguished Professional-in-Residence. Foreman, who will retire in July of 1998 after 25 years at The Inquirer, will take his place among the College's journalism faculty in August of 1998. He will teach editing and will organize programs for training professionals.

"We are delighted that one of America's pre-eminent editors will be in our classrooms, providing not only advice and wisdom, but also a role model representing the highest standards of journalism practice and values," said Terri Brooks, dean of the College of Communications. "This is a very important moment in the history of the College."

Gene Foreman has been writing and editing newspapers for 40 years. After college graduation and service in the Army, he joined the Arkansas Gazette as a reporter in April, 1957. Later, he was the paper's assistant city editor and then its state editor.

In 1962, he moved to The New York Times as a copy editor, but when the Times suspended publication in a printers' strike that was to last four months, he decided to return to Arkansas and go into newsroom management. He was managing editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial for five years and managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat for three years. In 1971, he went back to New York as executive news editor of Newsday, the Long Island daily.

When Gene Roberts became executive editor of The Inquirer in the fall of 1972, one of his first hires was Gene Foreman as managing editor/news. Foreman reported to work in Philadelphia in February, 1973. Two years later, he became managing editor with responsibility for day-to-day management of all newsroom operations. He was appointed a company vice president in 1985. His title was changed to executive editor in 1990, and to deputy editor in 1991.

Foreman was elected to the board of directors of the Associated Press Managing Editors three times and was APME's president in 1990. He was elected to the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1995 and heads ASNE's Human Resources Committee this year. He has served several times as a discussion leader for the American Press Institute and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He has been a juror three times for the Pulitzer Prize competition.

Foreman is a graduate of Arkansas State College, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1956 with a major in journalism. He was honored by the school, now Arkansas State University, as a distinguished alumnus in 1990. Maxwell E.P. King, editor of The Inquirer, said: "Gene is one of the finest journalists and one of the finest people I know. More than anyone else, Gene set the standards of excellence at The Inquirer during his many years of service to the paper. He has always been a strong and equal partner to Gene Roberts and me in leading the paper.

"We will miss him here at The Inquirer, but I'm glad he will remain active in the journalism community here. And I am very pleased that he has agreed to a continuing consulting relationship with The Inquirer after his retirement."

For the past four years, the College of Communications, in partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer, has brought top-flight professionals from the Newsroom to the University Park campus to take classes to expand their knowledge, speak in journalism classes, work with the faculty on special projects, and advise students.

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CONTACT: Angie Bolton (814) 865-8801 aab7@psu.edu