Meet the Arizona Republic's Orwellian Information Center

By order of the almighty Gannett and its faithful servant John Zidich, journalism as you know it will now cease to exist!

Below is the makeup of the Arizona Republic's new Information Center, the Orwellian Gannett construct which merges the newsroom with online, makes redundant a print paper, and reduces all worker bees into bland nonentities. I've been trying to reach Rep. publisher John Zidich regarding other matters for the past several days at his office number, his e-mail and his listed home phone number in Scottsdale, but so far he has yet to get back to me. So I cannot verify that this info. is 100% correct. On the other hand, all the names certainly seem to be in the right places, and much of this info. is echoed in various spots on the Rep.'s Web site. As you can see Jon Talton's name is nowhere to be found, and Richard Ruelas has been busted down to the "Lifestyle Team" as "People/profiles reporter." (Ouch!) Despite Ruelas's positive spin on the subject in my Thursday blog post, the move certainly reads like a demotion.

Gannett, Zidich and their cadres are doing more to wreck Phoenix's paper of record than any trends regarding the future of the Fourth Estate. On the one hand, I suppose I shouldn't care, because I work for a competitor, and what's bad for them is good for me, hypothetically. However, it's demoralizing to watch what little quality's left in the Rep. be given the boot.


Ward Bushee -- Vice President/News & Editor
Randy Lovely -- Executive Editor
Nicole Carroll -- Managing Editor / Features &
John Leach -- Managing Editor / News & Digital Media

Michael Roberts -- Senior Director / Training and
Staff Development
Mark Hiland -- Director / Training and Staff

Brian Berlinski -- Financial Analyst
Kim Meader -- Administrative Assistant
Barbara VanDenburgh -- Administrative Assistant
Teclo Garcia -- Editor on Special Assignment


Keira Nothaft -- Director

National/International Issues Team
Kristen DelGuzzi -- Content Manager
Open -- Washington reporter
Mike Madden -- Washington (GNS) reporter
Dan Nowicki -- McCain/politics reporter
Daniel Gonzalez -- Immigration reporter
Sean Holstege -- Border/Homeland Security reporter
Chris Hawley -- Mexico City reporter

Western Issues Team
Kristina Justin -- Content Manager
Catherine Reagor -- Real Estate/Growth reporter
Glen Creno -- Real Estate/residential reporter
Shaun McKinnon -- Water management reporter
Corinne Purtill -- Environment reporter
Angela Pancrazio -- Boomer issues and G.A. reporter

State Issues Team
David Fritze -- Content Manager
Pat Kossan -- K-12 education reporter
Anne Ryman -- Higher education reporter
Robert Anglen -- F.O.I/G.A. Reporter
Dennis Wagner -- State G.A./Investigative and
storytelling reporter
Open -- Transportation reporter

Page One Team
Josh Susong -- Platform Manager
Chris Fiscus -- Platform Manager
Andrew Long -- Graphic artist
Eric Dick -- Copy editor


Jeff Dozbaba -- Director

Valley & State Team
John D'Anna -- Content Manager
Julie Morris -- Night Content Manager
Karen Kurtz -- Weekend Content Manager
Lori Baker -- Education Content Coordinator

Capitol Team
Tom Spratt -- Content Manager
Matt Benson -- Governor's office reporter
Mary Jo Pitzl -- Legislature reporter
Amanda Crawford -- State agencies reporter
Yvonne Wingett -- County (Sun-Thu) reporter
Rotating Capitol reporter

Phoenix Team
Maureen West -- Content Manager
Elvia Diaz -- Assistant Content Coordinator
Greg Hilliard -- Print Platform Coordinator
Victor Barajas -- Online Platform Coordinator
Jahna Berry -- Downtown Phoenix-airport reporter
Casey Newton -- Phoenix city hall reporter
Michael Clancy -- Phoenix neighborhoods reporter
Connie Sexton -- Phoenix neighborhoods reporter
Linda Helser -- Phoenix neighborhoods (PT) reporter
Sadie Jo Smokey -- Phoenix mobile reporter
Betty Reid -- Phoenix schools reporter
Open -- Information Specialist

Mesa Team
Dan Shearer -- Content Manager
Dave Niebergall -- Print Platform Manager
Jacki Shoyeb -- Online Platform Coordinator
Gary Nelson -- Mesa city hall reporter
Art Thomason -- East Mesa neighborhoods reporter
Jim Walsh -- West Mesa neighborhoods reporter
JJ Hensley -- Mesa mobile reporter
Josh Kelley -- Mesa schools reporter
Senta Scarborough -- Mesa public safety reporter
Jeremy Cluff -- Information specialist

Tempe Team
Alia Rau -- Content Manager
Jim Wambold -- Print Platform Coordinator
Jacki Shoyeb -- Online Platform Coordinator
Katie Nelson -- Tempe city hall reporter
William Hermann -- ASU/South Scottsdale mobile
Eugene Scott -- Tempe public safety reporter
Betty Beard -- Southeast Valley regional business
Open -- Information Specialist -- News By You (East
Valley and Scottsdale)

Chandler Team
Mike Stephens -- Content Manager
Jim Wambold -- Print Platform Coordinator
Jacki Shoyeb -- Online Platform Coordinator
Edythe Jensen -- Chandler city hall reporter
Sarah Muench -- Chandler mobile reporter
Open -- Chandler public safety reporter
Ray Parker -- Chandler schools reporter
Luci Scott -- Chandler/Tempe/Ahwatukee business
Kerry Fehr-Snyder -- Southeast Valley regional
transportation (Sun-Thu) reporter

Ahwatukee Team
Cathy Creno -- Content Manager
Jim Wambold -- Print Platform Coordinator
Jacki Shoyeb -- Online Platform Coordinator
Colleen Sparks -- Ahwatukee neighborhoods reporter
Weldon Johnson -- Ahwatukee mobile reporter
Open -- Ahwatukee schools reporter

Gilbert Team
Jim Fickess -- Content Manager
Jim Thomas -- Print Platform Coordinator
Jeff Carr -- Online Platform Coordinator
Mike Walbert -- Gilbert city hall reporter
Lars Jacoby -- Gilbert mobile reporter
Dianna Nanez -- Gilbert neighborhoods reporter
Doug Carroll -- Gilbert schools reporter
David van den Berg -- Gilbert business reporter
Lynh Bui -- Queen Creek/San Tan monthly reporter
Stephanie Eib -- Information specialist

Scottsdale Team
Jim Gold -- Content Manager
Steve Yozwiak -- Assistant Content Manager
Dale Hajek -- Print Platform Coordinator
Victor Barajas -- Online Platform Coordinator
Leslie Wright -- Scottsdale city hall reporter
Diana Balazs -- Northeast Valley regional cities
Dolores Tropiano -- Northeast Valley regional cities
(Tue-Sat) reporter
Michael Ferraresi -- Scottsdale mobile reporter
Jane Larson -- Scottsdale transportation reporter
Carol Sowers -- Scottsdale public safety reporter
Peter Corbett -- Scottsdale tourism reporter
Ofelia Madrid -- Scottsdale schools reporter
Angelique Soenarie -- Northeast Valley tribal economic
development reporter
Kate Nolan -- Northeast Valley regional health
Deb Bingham -- Information specialist

Southwest Valley Team
Venita James -- General Manager and Editor
Debora Britz -- Content Manager
Dennis Godfrey -- Print Platform Coordinator
Sky Schaudt -- Online Platform Coordinator
Kelly Carr -- Buckeye city hall reporter
David Madrid -- Avondale city hall reporter
Jessica Coomes -- Goodyear city hall reporter
Annemarie Moody -- Southwest Valley mobile reporter
Elias Arnold -- Southwest Valley public safety
(Sun-Thu) reporter
Open -- Southwest Valley schools reporter
Brenda Windahl -- Information specialist

Glendale Team
Venita James -- General Manager and Editor
Vinton Supplee -- Content Manager
Eddie Diaz -- Print Platform Coordinator
Sky Schaudt -- Online Plaftform Coordinator
Carrie Watters -- Glendale city hall reporter
Maura Halpern -- Glendale mobile reporter
Eugene Mulero -- Glendale schools reporter
Scott Wong -- Northwest Valley regional business
Brent Whiting -- Northwest Valley public safety
Marilyn Reid -- Information specialist

Surprise Team
Venita James -- General Manager and Editor
Pat Flannery -- Content Manager
Eddie Diaz -- Print Platform Coordinator
Sky Schaudt -- Online Plaftform Coordinator
Tony Lombardo -- Surprise city hall reporter
SherryAnne Rubiano -- Surprise mobile reporter
Open -- Surprise schools reporter
Erin Zlomek -- Surprise business reporter
Open -- Information specialist -- News By You (Phoenix
and West Valley)

Peoria Team
Venita James -- General Manager and Editor
Mel Melendez -- Content Manager
Eddie Diaz -- Print Platform Coordinator
Sky Schaudt -- Online Plaftform Coordinator
Cecelia Chan -- Peoria city hall reporter
Laura Houston -- Peoria mobile reporter
Meghan Moravcik -- Peoria schools reporter
Charles Kelly -- Peoria business reporter


Abe Kwok -- Director

Action Team
Kristin Go -- Content Manager
John Faherty -- Story of the day reporter
Judi Villa -- Story of the day/justice issues reporter
Bob Golfen -- Story of the day/commuting reporter
Michael Kiefer -- Story of the day/courts reporter
Lindsey Collom -- Story of the day/public safety
(Tue-Sat) reporter

News Online Team
Lisa De Forest -- News Online Manager
Laurie Merrill -- Producer (PT)
Ralph Zubiate -- Producer

ASU Multimedia Program
Aric Johnson -- Content Manager


Kathy Tulumello -- Director

Robin Phillips -- 25-39 Online Manager
Hal Mattern -- Online / Biz Buzz reporter
Marcia Gaysue -- Information specialist -- News by You

Economy Team
Tina May -- Content Manager
Ken Alltucker -- Biotech / health reporter
Mark Shaffer -- Energy / telecom reporter
Max Jarman -- Major companies reporter
Chad Graham -- Economy reporter
Jodie Snyder -- Government business / immigration

Consumer Team
Ginger Richardson -- Content Manager
Dawn Gilbertson -- Airlines / US Airways reporter
Open -- Retail / commercial RE reporter
Stephanie Paterik -- Tourism / gaming reporter
Russ Wiles -- Investing / personal finance reporter
Andrew Johnson -- Entrepreneurs reporter

Magazine Team
Christina Leonard -- Content Manager
David Proffitt -- Platform Coordinator
John McLean -- Information specialist


Mark Faller -- Director

Dan Bickley -- columnist
Paola Boivin -- columnist
Bob Young -- Heat Index columnist

Pros Team
Jay Dieffenbach -- Content Manager
Royce Martin -- Online Platform Coordinator
Nick Piecoro -- Diamondbacks reporter
Paul Coro -- Suns reporter
Kent Somers -- Cardinals reporter
Jim Gintonio -- Coyotes reporter
Joe Reaves -- Baseball reporter

Colleges/Events Team
Dave Lumia -- Content Manager
John Davis -- Golf reporter
Jeff Metcalfe -- ASU football reporter
Norm Frauenheim -- ASU basketball reporter
Doug Haller -- Major events reporter
Bob McManaman --Major events/GA reporter
Open -- Information Specialist -- News By You

Preps Team
Tom Blodgett -- Content Manager
Dave Vest -- Print Platform Coordinator
Cameron Eickmeyer -- Online Platform Coordinator
Don Ketchum -- Phoenix preps reporter
Mark Armijo -- Phoenix/Scottsdale preps reporter
Richard Obert -- Scottsdale preps reporter
Tim Tyers -- East Valley preps reporter
Odeen Domingo -- East Valley preps reporter
Jose Garcia -- West Valley preps reporter
Jason Skoda -- West Valley preps reporter
Ralph Chiappetta -- Information specialist
Katie Hallen -- Information specialist
Nino Gonzales -- Scoretaker
Kimberly Dedes -- Scoretaker (PT)
Karissa Ramirez -- Scoretaker (PT)
Jeff Wendt -- Scoretaker (PT)
Harv Jaffe -- Scoretaker (PT)
Open -- Scoretaker (PT)
Open -- Scoretaker (PT)

25-39 Team
Todd Kelly -- Online Platform Coordinator
Randy Brickley -- Online producer
Aldei Gregoire -- Weekend/night online producer
Daniel Conroy -- Weekend/night online producer

Copy Desk Team
Jim Bohannon -- Print Platform Manager
Paul Barrett -- copy editor
Chris Van Der Beek -- copy editor
Larry Crowley -- copy editor
Justin Silverstein -- copy editor
Tyler Williams -- copy editor
Jack Legg -- copy editor
Jean Sarmiento -- copy editor
Rickey Kishbaugh -- Information specialist -- Agate
Scott Henry -- Information specialist -- Agate (PT)
Open -- Information specialist -- Agate (PT)


Director -- Nicole Carroll (managing editor)

25-39 Team
Stacy Sullivan -- Platform Manager
Ashley Farmer -- Entertainment Home Page Coordinator
Dawn DeChristina -- Producer
Rose Tring -- Producer -- News By You (PT)
Open -- Producer (PT)
Amanda Anderson -- Information specialist -- News By
Kevin Murphy -- Music Coordinator
Larry Rodgers -- Music reporter
Yvette Armendariz -- Kids Coordinator
Karina Bland -- Busy Mom reporter

Style Team
Laura Trujillo -- Platform Manager
Kelly Ettenborough -- Style/Home Print Platform
Carrie Wheeler -- Style/Home Online Platform
Linda Vachata -- Style/Home Content Coordinator
Ginger Murphy -- Fashion reporter
Erica Sagon -- Fashion reporter
Megan Finnerty -- Fashion reporter
Sue Doerfler -- Home reporter
Jaimee Rose -- Home reporter
Mignon Gould -- Information specialist
Jennifer Johnson -- Dining Content Manager
Karen Fernau -- Food reporter
Howard Seftel -- Dining columnist
Mary Beth Faller -- Dining/home reporter (PT)
Cindy Miller -- AZ Society/Arrowhead Magazine
Michelle Jacoby -- AZ Magazine Coordinator

Lifestyle Team
Marian Frank -- Platform Manager
Scott Craven -- Lifestyle manager/reporter
Connie Midey -- Health/fitness reporter
Susan Felt -- Boomer/lifestyle reporter
Sonja Haller -- Simple AZ Living reporter
Lisa Nicita -- Story of the day/buzz reporter
Richard Ruelas -- People/profiles reporter
Jill Cassidy -- Travel Content Manager
John Stanley -- Travel/outdoors reporter

Events Team
Tamera Thornton -- Platform Manager
Bill Goodykoontz -- Culture/Arts manager/reporter
Bill Muller -- Movie columnist
Randy Cordova -- Pop culture/TV reporter
Richard Nilsen -- Symphony/visual arts reporter
Kyle Lawson -- Theater reporter
Kerry Lengel -- 25-39 Arts and Entertainment reporter
Zada Blayton -- Events Content Manager
Kathy Murillo -- Phoenix events reporter
Barbara Yost -- Scottsdale events reporter
Michael Senft -- West Valley events reporter
Geri Koeppel -- East Valley events reporter
Srianthi Perera -- East Valley events reporter
Bobby Boos -- Culture/arts producer
Suzanne Lambert -- Events producer

Copy Desk
Hank Hughes -- Content Manager
Sylvia Cody -- Copy editor
Martin Dolan -- Copy editor
Marcia Hammond -- Copy editor
Stuart Jenkins -- Copy editor
Gary Olmstead -- Copy editor
Phil Hennessy -- Copy editor
Mike Smith -- Copy editor
Penny Walker -- Copy editor

Features Design Team
Tricia Reinhold -- Features Design Manager
Celine Hacche -- Photo/Video Coordinator
Elizabeth Thompkins -- Photo/Video Coordinator
Elaine Gonzales -- Photo/Video Coordinator
Jessica Dell -- Information specialist -- Photo/Video
Wes Johnson -- Photographer/videographer
Mark Lipczynski -- Photographer/videographer
Jill Richards -- Photographer/videographer
Scott Trimble -- Photographer/videographer
Open -- Arizona Woman art director
David Imes-- AZ Society art director
Paula Gunter -- Arrowhead art director
Patti Valdez -- BizAZ/Yes Style art director
Pamela Norman -- AZ Magazine art director
Ron Dungan -- Designer/artist
Amy Grimes -- Designer/artist
Andrea Heser -- Designer/artist
JoAnne Izumi -- Designer/artist
Craig Kurtz -- Designer/artist
Francine Loinaz -- Designer/artist
Kee Rash -- Designer/artist
Claudia Saavedra -- Designer/artist (3 shifts)
Audrey Tate -- Designer/artist
Open -- Designer/artist


Ken Western -- Director

Phil Boas -- Editorial Page Editor
Jennifer Dokes -- Assistant Editorial Page
Richard de Uriarte -- Assistant Editorial Page
Bob Schuster -- Assistant Editorial Page Editor/East
Robert Leger -- Assistant Editorial Page
Joel Nilsson -- Assistant Editorial Page Editor/West
Linda Valdez -- Editorial writer
Kathleen Ingley -- Editorial writer
Doug MacEachern -- Editorial writer
Joanna Allhands -- Editorial writer
Cindy Hernandez -- Editorial writer
Monica Alonzo-Dunsmoor -- Editorial writer
Robert Robb -- Editorial columnist
Steve Benson -- Cartoonist
Joe Garcia -- Community Conversation Manager
Ed Perkins -- Online Platform Coordinator
Ed Montini -- General Interest columnist
Clay Thompson -- General Interest columnist
Laurie Roberts -- General Interest columnist
Penny Nichols -- Information specialist -- downtown
Kymberly Levesque -- Information specialist --
Katie DeBenedetto -- Information specialist --


Tracy Collins -- Director

Night Copy Desk Team
Chad Snow -- Content Manager
Jodie Lau -- Assistant Content Coordinator
Melissa Galbraith -- Assistant Content Coordinator
Al Williams -- Copy editor
Hugh Cox -- Copy editor
Tom Nichols -- Copy editor
Dan Kincaid -- Copy editor
Leah Trinidad -- Copy editor
Jean Novotny -- Copy editor
Kelly Walton -- Copy editor
Mary Williams -- Copy editor
Caryn Jenkins -- Copy editor (PT)
Richard Casey -- Copy editor
Stewart Smith -- Copy editor
Jill Schehovic -- Copy editor
Alexis Doyle -- Copy editor
Lily Yan -- Copy editor
Ashley Macha -- Information specialist (PT)
Open -- Information specialist (PT)

Community Copy Desk Team
Dave Neibergall -- Content Manager
Lee Shappell -- Assistant Content Coordinator
Tom Journey -- Copy editor
Greg Beihl -- Copy editor
Dan Pie -- Copy editor
Pat Underwood -- Copy editor
Ron Rinehart -- Copy editor
Gail Baker -- Copy editor
Bob Crawford -- Copy editor (PT)
Ron Porter -- Copy editor
Jerry McElfresh -- Copy editor (PT)
Bud Vandersnick -- Copy editor
Jay Watrous -- Copy editor

News Design Team
Bill Pliske -- News Design Manager
Keri Hegre -- A section designer/artist
Chris George -- A section designer/artist
Benjamin Hegre -- A section designer/artist
Amy Hartman -- Valley & State section designer/artist
Rick Konopka -- Valley & State section designer/artist
PJ Erickson -- Valley & State section designer/artist
Dan Kempton -- Valley & State section designer/artist
Ayrel Clark -- Business/Viewpoints section
Claudia Saavedra -- Business/Viewpoints section
designer/artist (2 shifts)
Tony Bustos -- Business/Viewpoints section
Luke Knox -- Sports section designer/artist
Diane Pettiti -- Sports section designer/artist
Joey Kirk -- Sports section designer/artist
Mark Waters -- Sports section designer/artist

Community Design Team
Jason Kieffer -- Platform Manager
Chuck Henrikson -- Community designer/artist
John Hutchinson -- Community designer/artist
Paige Crutchmer -- Community designer/artist
Danny Garcia -- Community designer/artist
Terry Beahm -- Community designer/artist
Terry Cornelius -- Community designer/artist
Melissa Gates -- Community designer/artist
Jason Owsley -- Community designer/artist
Vic Vogel -- Community designer/artist
Diana Payan -- Community designer/artist
Jeanne Hernandez -- Community designer/artist
Carlos Espinosa -- Community designer/artist (PT)
Preetha Mehandran -- Community designer/artist (PT)

Photo Team
Mike Meister -- Content Manager
Carlos Chavez -- Assistant Content Manager
Emmanuel Lozano -- Assistant Content Manager
Jim Carreno -- Video producer
Dave Seibert -- Video producer
Brian Kotwasinski -- Video producer
Randy Reid -- Phoenix photo coordinator
Charlie Light -- Phoenix photographer/videographer
Suzanne Starr -- Phoenix photographer/videographer
Mike Ging -- West Valley photo coordinator
John Severson -- West Valley photographer/videographer
Michael Schennum -- West Valley
Mike Rynearson -- Scottsdale photo coordinator
Tom Tingle -- Scottsdale photographer/videographer
Russell Gates -- East Valley photo coordinator
Sherri Buzby -- East Valley photographer/videographer
Nick Oza -- East Valley photographer/videographer
David Wallace -- East Valley photographer/videographer
Michael Chow -- Photographer/videographer
David Kadlubowski -- Photographer/videographer
Pat Shannahan -- Photographer/videographer
Cheryl Evans -- Photographer/videographer (PT)
Rob Schumacher -- Photographer/videographer
Jack Kurtz -- Photographer/videographer
Christine Keith -- Photographer/videographer (PT)
Catherine Jun -- Photographer/videographer
Deirdre Hamill -- Photographer/videographer
Mark Henle -- Photographer/videographer

Technology Team
Pete Watters -- Technology Manager
Karen Outland -- Technology Editor
Jo Durazo -- Information specialist - technology (PT)

Photo Services Team
Mike Dornbier -- Content Coordinator
Dave Seal -- Imaging Editor
Cyndi Reeves -- Imaging Editor (PT)
Elena Rohan -- Imaging Editor
Coryne Payne -- Imaging Editor
Kelley Karnes -- Imaging Editor


Michelle Savoy -- Director

Angel Rodriguez -- Home Page Manager
Louie Villalobos -- Night Home Page Coordinator
Mark Lauffer -- Weekend Home Page Manager
Maria Loven -- LaVoz Coordinator
Theresa Cano -- Night producer
Stephen Harding -- Night producer
Open -- Weekend producer


Cherrill Crosby -- Director

Donna Coletta -- Library Manager
Joanne Dawson -- Reference librarian
Paula Stevens -- Reference librarian
Nancy Hall -- Permissions coordinator
Judy Hensel -- Database indexer
Sherry Dupre -- Database indexer
Elizabeth Smith-Devine -- Database indexer
Alyson Star -- Photo indexer
Ryan Konig -- Data reporter
Matt Dempsey -- Data reporter
Open -- Database developer
Jana Aguirre -- Listings Coordinator
Sarah Wells -- Information specialist -- calendar
Amy Young -- Information specialist -- calendar
Erica Reed -- Information specialist -- calendar
Open -- Information specialist -- calendar
Open -- Information specialist -- calendar
Diane Wells -- Copy editor
Heather Wells -- Copy editor
Dave Campbell -- Copy editor


Kim Meader -- Administrative assistant
Barbara VanDenburgh -- Administrative assistant
Daniel Garcia -- Customer service coordinator
Lura Madison -- Customer service assistant (PT)
Beth Duckett -- Customer service assistant
Rachel Quattrini -- Customer service assistant

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