Leadership Changes Announced at Stateline.org

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Washington, D.C. - 06/18/2004 - Gene Gibbons, who helped launch the award-winning Web site Stateline.org, takes over as its executive editor with the retirement this month of the online news publication’s founding editor, Ed Fouhy. Gibbons, 61, has been managing editor since Stateline.org’s creation in 1999 as a non-partisan, non-profit Internet operation that specializes in covering trends in state policy and politics. Stateline.org is wholly funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Fouhy, 69, retires June 30 after a career that spans more than four decades, much of it as a television network news executive. He will continue as a consultant on special projects for The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Stateline.org deputy managing editor Barbara Rosewicz, 47, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, replaces Gibbons as managing editor.

“I am very pleased that Stateline will continue to be in the capable and experienced hands of Gene Gibbons, who was present at its creation, while Barbara Rosewicz will bring new vitality and a devotion to editorial excellence to Stateline,” Fouhy said.

Stateline.org compiles a news report each weekday linking to the day’s top news in the 50 state capitols along with news stories and analysis by its staff of Washington-based reporters. It has twice been honored with National Press Club journalism awards. David Broder, the Washington Post’s distinguished political columnist, has described it as “my favorite Web site.”  In August Stateline.org will switch institutional homes from the University of Richmond to the new Pew Research Center, a nonprofit subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Gibbons came to Stateline.org from Reuters, where he was chief White House correspondent. In his 29 years as a wire service journalist for Reuters and United Press International, he covered seven presidential campaigns and visited all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

“Trying to fill Ed Fouhy’s shoes is a real challenge, but he’s leaving me a solid foundation to build on,” Gibbons said. “There’s clearly a thirst for more news about policy-making and politics at the state level, and we’re positioned to provide it.”

Rosewicz, who joined Stateline.org in January 2004, has wide-ranging experience covering government at the federal and state levels. She was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in the Middle East and in Washington, D.C. Early in her career, she was UPI bureau chief in the state capitol of Topeka, Kan.

“Stateline.org is a unique news outlet that’s already compiled an impressive history in its five years in operation,” Rosewicz said. “Our staff combines experienced journalists and talented young reporters. We hope to grow our readership even more.”

In a lifetime of accomplishment in the news media, “the proudest will be my memories of Stateline.org,” Fouhy said. “Five years on, it has become a vital source of accurate, objective, non-partisan information about issues that have profound impact on the lives of many people.”

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