Editor-in-chief announces intention to retire
After leading The Columbus Dispatch newsroom through one of its most difficult transitions, editor Alan D. Miller told staff on Wednesday that he will be retiring at the end of this year.
Miller, 61, has worked for The Dispatch for 37 years and has worked full time in the press since 1982 when he started working as a reporter, photographer and editor for The Daily Record in Wooster. In his current role, he is also the Ohio Regional Editor-in-Chief for the USA TODAY Network of 21 daily newspaper organizations in the state and is site manager for dispatch operations in Columbus.
“I actually started in newspapers when I was 8, delivering The Daily Record to subscribers in my hometown of Orrville,” Miller said. “I have been fortunate enough to spend my entire career – and most of my life – working in a job that has never been like work, because it is a passion and a vocation. It’s community service too, and it’s gratifying every day to know that we are providing valuable news and information to the people of Greater Columbus and Ohio.
Miller came to The Dispatch in 1984 as a reporter in the Newark office covering regional news, then urban affairs, Columbus city hall, and higher education. He served as the city’s deputy editor, state editor and deputy editor before becoming editor in 2004 and editor in 2015. He was appointed editor of GateHouse Media Ohio Group. of 10 newsrooms in 2017, and regional editor for all 21 locations in Ohio when GateHouse and Gannett merged in 2019.
The Associated Press has named The Dispatch the best of Ohio’s largest newspapers each year, Miller served as editor, and the state’s best each year for the past eight years.
“I cannot say enough about the dedication and professionalism of the journalists I have worked with in Columbus, Ohio and across the USA TODAY Network,” Miller said. “They have persevered under very difficult circumstances without missing a beat to gather and deliver the news in the form our readers want – in print, online, via email newsletters, and on tablets and phones. . ”
As Miller retires from The Dispatch at the end of this year, he has said he will not be quitting journalism. He plans to continue teaching journalism at Denison University, where he has taught semester for 22 years, and take on an expanded role as Granville Liberal Arts University develops a faculty-approved major in journalism. in May.
“It may seem counterintuitive to launch a journalism major now, at a time of great disruption in the industry,” Miller said. “But given the proliferation of bad news circulating the internet and social media, journalism has never been more important.”
He will also work with Denison to develop his ties with Columbus, 40 km west of the campus, via his Denison Edge center at 300 Marconi Boulevard. The center creates programs that bridge the gap between classrooms and careers. It offers skills, experience and relationship-focused workshops to help students land a job while earning degrees adding value to their degrees.
Miller is a past president of the National Associated Press Media Editors Association and its foundation, and remains a member of the foundation board. He is also a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the EW Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Amalie Nash, senior vice president of local news and audience development at the USA TODAY Network and supervisor of Miller, said a nationwide search would begin immediately to find Miller’s successor. She will also work closely with Kelly Lecker, who was appointed editor-in-chief of The Dispatch in July 2020, as part of the transition.
“We cannot thank Alan enough for his dedication and service to this profession and to his home country for nearly four decades. It will leave a legacy by keeping readers informed, exposing ailments, seeking solutions and leading important community conversations, ”Nash said. “In times of challenge, he never deviated from the mission. In retirement, it is clear that he will continue to contribute to the community and to this work. “