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Fresh ink: behind the scenes at a major metropolitan by David gelsanliter

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At The News, she covered the federal courts and radio and TV for ten years before volunteering to write editorials. An article she wrote for Congressional Quarterly criticizing the "trickle down philosophy" of Dallas business leaders caught Robert Decherd's eye. He was impressed with her understanding of Dallas and liked her easy writing style. He suggested she be made editorial page editor. Her mandate has been to moderate, diversify, and make less preachy the part of The Morning News which has been slowest and last to change.

During World War II, he served as an aide to General Walter Krueger on General MacArthur's staff. And after the war, he aspired to run The Morning News. But because he was a grandson on his mother's side, and had the wrong last name, he was denied the opportunity. By returning to Dallas, Robert Decherd set out to capture the prize that had eluded his father. Page 18 At Dallas' St. Mark's school, Robert Decherd had been co-captain of the football team and editor of the newspaper the year his father served as chairman of the board of trustees there.

One likely to set a standard in the years to come. Ideally, it would not be on the East Coast or in the Midwest, but in a part of the country likely to become more important in the years to come. It would still be in a competitive battle with at least one other paper. If we timed it right, I would be there when the second newspaper shut down and could see then how the winner met its responsibilities as a monopoly. We considered approaching the headquarters of a chain, but I'd spent eleven years with Knight-Ridder and knew how chain newspapers operate.

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