Detroit News Editor and Publisher Jonathan Wolman attend a meeting of Detroit Economic Club in Detroit on Wednesday, 11 December, 2013. (Photo: Paul Sancya, Associated Press)
Jonathan Wolman, who was editor and publisher of the Detroit News over 45 years, and worked as a reporter, chief executive and executive editor of The Associated Press, served Monday's death in Detroit. It was 68 years of age.
His family told the News that Wolman died from pancreatic cancer.
Wolman has been editor and publisher of News since 2007, running the newspaper during a financially challenging period, including team leagues, cutting back to two days a week of home delivery, and relocation from a huge headquarters building in which he lived almost a century.
However, Detroit – even as it interrupted bankruptcy and then in 2013-14 – has survived as one of the declining US cities, with more than one major daily newspaper. The News has an operating agreement with its colleague, the Detroit Free Press, where the newspapers consolidate business operations and present a separate editorial team.
"Jon came to Detroit at an incredible time of uncertainty, not only for News, but for the industry," said management editor, Gary Miles. "It was a calming and calming influence that prioritized the big picture: the accuracy and fairness of our news report."
Miles recalled Wolman's "careful analysis" as the management of the paper addressed budget reductions and staff reductions. Even among the intensity, Miles said, Wolman oversaw the expansion of the paper's investigation unit and project, and kept a strong focus on national and world news at a time when many regional papers were cutting back.
"He was extremely kind," said Miles. "Clearly some decisions have been made. But he kept the long-term interests of the News, his staff and his readers extremely important."
Peter Bhatia, the Free Press editor, suggested Wolman as "a brilliant and excellent journalist."
"He has kept his newspaper relevant and engaged with the public and has been an intense and appropriate advocate for the News in his partnership with the Free Press," said Bhatia.
Wolman's tenure in Detroit included one of the most turbulent periods in the city's history. Before the bankruptcy was filed after years the population and tax base had been falling; recently there is an incomplete but exciting recovery.
Wolman came to Detroit from Denver, where he was editor of the Denver Post editorial page for three years.
Before joining Denver, career was at almost 31 years with Wolman, starting in 1973 as a reporter in Madison, Wisconsin.
From 1975 to the end of 1998, he worked at AP's Washington Bureau, rising from editor to news editor to a powerful bureau chief who concentrated coverage on politics, the White House and campaigns. He held this position for almost 10 years before moving to New York to become AP management editor, and was promoted as executive editor in May 2000.
In 1981, the Wicklow AP management editor recommended it to oversee the coverage of the first flight flight.
"Jon drew it together from each site, he didn't get any line and he worked 22 hours a day," wrote the Temple to other AP managers. "He was very pleased."
Later, Wolman helped supervise the 1999 Pulitzer Prize report about the No Gun Ri family during the Korean War, as well as AP coverage of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
But Wolman's career longevity obsession and his focus as a journalist were political.
Some colleagues point out that one of his best moments came late on Election Night in 2000, when it was clear that the presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore came down to the state of Florida. . At 2:16 pm on 8 November, Fox News Bush Bush declared the winner in Florida, and within minutes, NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC did the same thing. The AP said the race was still too long to nominate a winner.
Wolman, who was then the executive editor of New York AP, was in the Washington office at the time and his successor as chief executive, Sandy Johnson, was under intense pressure to enter the networks to call the Bush election. But based on input from experienced colleagues, Johnson knew that Florida's result was not clear and stood in his land; Wolman gave her full support. Many news organizations, including AP, had to make a return once opinion polls and an analysis of early returns showed that Gore after Florida had won.
"He could get a degree on Sandy and he called him – but that night he knew he was working for her," said Ron Fournier, whose line on the main story of the election was. "Jon deserved credit for knowing his family."
AP's call was declared as the result of the election hiding in a long legal battle before the US Supreme Court decided in favor of Bush.
Johnson credited Wolman in building a strong AP team in Washington.
"It gave people a chance, while giving them roles they were not sure they were ready including me," she said. "He created an esprit de corps in Washington which sets the higher bar for us all."
Louis D. Boccardi, president of AP from 1985 to 2003, said that Wolman – due to all his flexibility in management – was "at the heart of a reporter."
"I have never seen him happier than when he was working with big story writers or a team that shaped a major investigation report," Boccardi said. "He was a news man, through and through."
Carole Feldman, a former editor and editor of the Washington bureau, described Wolman as a supportive boss "who mentored new entrants and trusted them to handle the biggest story."
Terry Hunt, who was 25 years as AP as principal White House correspondent, said Wolman was "extremely clever, very analytical and had a strong understanding of politics."
"He read more than anyone I know. There was little sleep," Hunt remembered. "It was intense, sometimes blunt and straight. But always fair."
AP's current executive editor, Sally Buzbee, said his Wolman worked in the AP Bureau of Washington, who had never lost his intense interest in national politics, remembering coffee after Donald Trump's presidency removed off when Wolman mentioned election results, Michigan.
"He lived and breathed politics, and made the Washington bureau a strong, competitive force in national political coverage," Buzbee said.
Wolman grew up in a newspaper family. His father, Martin Wolman, sold papers as a boy and was a publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison from 1968 to 1984.
Jon was among five children of Martin and Anne Wolman. One of his brothers, Jane, died in a car accident in 1967; others include Nicky, Lewis and Ruth.
Wolman attended the University of Colorado for two years before moving to the main campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in 1972.
His wife, Deborah Lamm, lives; three children: Jacob, Emma and Sophia, and Ian Irvine, Emma's husband.
A service will be held on Wednesday at 11 in El El Temple in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Donations in the name of Wolman can be given to the Committee to Protect Journalists, University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Detroit Metro Jewish Family Services.
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