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Susan Denley to become associate Features editor

April 3, 2009 | 10:33 am

Here's the announcement from Alice Short, assistant managing editor, Features:

After many years of helping the editors of this paper manage the editorial staff, Susan Denley is moving back into the newsroom. Susan will join the second-floor features team as associate features editor, starting April 13.

She will assist in identifying and editing potential A-1 stories, develop a greater range of lifestyle coverage, take over features’ reverse-publishing initiative and provide backup assistance to the editors of the weekly sections.

Susan will continue to coordinate staff development programs for editorial, and she will serve as a special advisor to Russ Stanton.

Before heading up Editorial Hiring and Development, Susan had a wealth of journalism experience, in hard news and features, as a reporter, editor and section head. At various times her portfolio ranged from government, politics and news investigations to debutante balls, lifestyle features and home decorating columns.

Susan joined the Times in 1988 as assistant editor of the old Westside suburban section. A year later she became deputy to the suburban editor, helping edit and manage the 100-person suburban staff as they produced six suburban sections (and, for a brief time, the Valley edition). In 1993, she was named Hiring and Development Editor.

During her tenure, H&D organized various staff development programs, launched a national award- winning student journalism program, built up the Metpro training program, and helped develop the curriculum for our comprehensive multimedia training program. Susan worked directly with six different editors of this paper on a variety of initiatives related to the development of one of the nation’s strongest news-gathering staffs.

Before coming to the Times, Susan worked for the Orange County Register, the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Times.

Susan will report to me.

Alice Short
Assistant managing editor, Features