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Turning Point for the Chicago Tribune

Editor Gerould Kern discusses one day, two stories and how the paper rediscovered its mission

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October 22, 2009 | by Brendan Cosgrove

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- Chicago Tribune senior vice president and executive editor Gerould Kern kicked off the 2009-10 season of Northwestern University’s popular Crain Lecture Series about news, newsmakers and the news industry with a talk titled “Turning Point: One Day, Two Stories and How the Chicago Tribune Rediscovered its Mission.”

Kern, who began in editorial in 1991, joined the corporate office in 2000. He has directed a number of strategic initiatives involving news coverage and content development across the Tribune publishing group. At the Chicago Tribune, he has expanded local, investigative and digital staffing and resources and, as a result, increased its commitment to watchdog journalism in print and online.

Kern also helped oversee the launch of the Tribune’s tabloid-sized newsstand edition. It is the only major American daily published in both broadsheet and tabloid formats.

The popular, admission-free Crain Lecture Series is named in honor of magazine publishers Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. and presented by Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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