Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More Daily Pilot Changes

ANOTHER PILOTEER DEPARTS
Well, another y
oung reporter on our newspaper of record, the Daily Pilot, has decided to depart for greener pastures.

ALAN BLANK HEADS EAST

Alan Blank, who has been the Daily Pilot Costa Mesa reporter for the past couple years, is throwing all his earthly possessions into his car and heading east. His last day at the Pilot will be Friday, August 28th. A week from Monday he will become the Press Officer for engineering and physical sciences at the University of Rochester, a small, but renowned university in Rochester, New York.

THE RIGHT SKILL SET
Blank, a local Costa Mesa product, graduated from UC Santa Cruz two years ago with a degree in physics. His education acquired as a Banana Slug (yes, that's the UC Santa Cruz mascot) and the skills he's developed as a reporter on the Daily Pilot seem to dovetail perfectly for this new assignment.

HE WILL BE MISSED

The son of local lawyer and community activist Chris Blank, he has become a good reporter, covering all the Costa Mesa bases at a time when resources at the Daily Pilot and most other newspapers have been diminishing. His amiable, easy-going style will certainly be missed.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
So, when you read the upstate New York weather reports this winter, think of Alan Blank, with his thin California blood, shivering with teeth chattering as he tries to explain to his cohorts that he'd be out surfing in January if he was home in California. We wish Alan all the best in this next big step in a very promising career.


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DAILY PILOT TO BE "DAILY" ONCE AGAIN

Daily Pilot Editor Brady Rhoades let the cat out of the bag on his blog the other day when he referred to his goal of having a columnist reporting on Latino issues "on Monday, A1". When I wrote to remind him that they don't publish on Mondays he acknowledged that he probably should have mentioned that he hopes to get the Daily Pilot back publishing daily again in the very near future. He subsequently posted a follow-up entry confirming that the Daily Pilot will be providing us with important local news seven days a week within a few weeks. That's good news for all of us.

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