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Times health editor Tami Dennis to oversee health content for Tribune Co.

September 9, 2010 | 11:23 am

A memo from Times Editor Russ Stanton, Chicago Tribune Editor Gerry Kern and Geoff Melick, Tribune Co. senior vice president/health:

Last year, we identified the topic of health as a prime opportunity for Tribune Co. to expand its reach as both a provider of news and information and as a host for advertisers in this burgeoning field to reach large and attractive audiences. This month, our newsrooms are accelerating those efforts by better coordinating our formidable resources to reach consumers however they choose to get their information: print, broadcast, online, mobile, social networking and events.

Leading the charge will be Tami Dennis, health and science editor of the Los Angeles Times, who is being promoted to vice president of health content for Tribune Co. She will oversee this multichannel strategy with the goal of making Tribune a leading provider of health news and information both nationally and in each of the markets it serves.

In addition to coordinating the health coverage of our newspapers, television stations and their respective websites, Tami will be responsible for the site we launched last year, streaming our health coverage to the Media on Demand team in Chicago and producing a new national health blog. She also will supervise the HealthKey content team in Chicago, which is led by Nicole Voges.

Joining Tami in leading this effort is a Health Intelligence Team consisting of George Papajohn, assistant managing editor of the Chicago Tribune; Dave Rosenthal, head of Maryland news at the Baltimore Sun; Gretchen Day-Bryant, lifestyle topics editor at the Sun-Sentinel; Kim Marcum, Local Life topics editor at the Orlando Sentinel; Naedine Hazell, editor of the Hartford Courant; Mike Hirsch, entertainment and life topic editor at the Allentown Morning Call; Karen Morgan, features editor at the Newport News Daily Press; Dick Cooper, who oversees health coverage in our Washington, D.C., bureau; Pat McMahon, assistant  business editor, Los Angeles Times; Colin McMahon, national content editor of Media on Demand; and Stephen Waldon, product director of HealthKey. For Tribune Broadcasting, a representative will be named in the near future.

Tami has been The Times’ health editor since 2005 and added science coverage as part of a newsroom restructuring in 2008. She joined the paper in 1996 as a copy editor on the Metro desk and has worked on the state, national and education desks before becoming deputy health editor in 1999. Before joining The Times, Tami worked at the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Journal and Detroit Sunday Journal, the Macon Telegraph and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.