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Major Shakeups Hit The Morning News and Record-Chronicle

Some big moves in the Dallas media world today. Cliffs Notes version:

- Dawn Cobb has resigned as managing editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle
– Dianna Hunt has left the Record-Chronicle for an assignment at the Morning News
– Scott Parks is leaving the Morning News to become the interim editor of the Record-Chronicle

Here’s the full memo, from Record-Chronicle publisher Bill Patterson:

I want to make all of you aware of a couple of changes that are taking place in the newsroom. In the last few days I have had to make a very difficult decision, but one mutually agreed upon by Dawn Cobb and me. Dawn has resigned her position as Managing Editor effective immediately.

Dawn has given 28 years of service to our company and I have worked with Dawn, as many of you have, for the entire time she has been here. She has served our company and community well. This decision comes with a very heavy heart and after much careful consideration and discussion. I know each of you, as I do, wish Dawn well.

Additionally, Dianna Hunt who joined us in late 2013 has accepted an assignment at The Dallas Morning News. Her last day was Friday. We appreciate Dianna for her service to the company and wish her success in Dallas.

I am also pleased to introduce you to our interim editor, Scott Parks. Scott has been at the Morning News for many years serving in various positions and most currently serving as a general assignments reporter and editor. Scott has also been involved with TV news having served as a news director at a Belo station.

Scott has a special place in his heart for Denton and the DRC. His father began his career at the DRC in the late 40’s as Sports Editor shortly after my grandfather purchased the paper. Scott’s step -father also worked at the DRC as a photographer and reporter. Scott graduated from UNT and began his career with Denton Publishing Company working for the Airport Advertiser (formerly the Lewisville News and Grapevine Sun) . Scott is very familiar with Denton and has a real fondness for the DRC.

Please join me in welcoming Scott.

There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going. There’s no knowing where we’re rowing, or which way the river’s flowing.

9 comments on “Major Shakeups Hit The Morning News and Record-Chronicle

  1. Wonder if they are sending Scott over to shut down operations and turn out the lights.

  2. The dmn also lost two key people to the Dallas Business Journal in the last two weeks. Their iPad editor and presentation director.

  3. This reads more like a reason to bash your competitor, The DMN, than a “major shakeup.”

  4. No bashing, but not a major shakeup, either. For Denton it’s a massive upgrade to get Parks. Losing O’Donnell to a local competitor was a bigger blow as he was a driving force for some of the new digital content initiatives. He also likely would have succeeded the current biz editor at the DMN.

    What is Hunt’s new assignment?

  5. Under Dawn Cobb,the DRC, working with the Mayborn School, has done some impressive work on fracking and the water crisis. I hope this kind of synergy continues.