Jeff Smith 9:05 a.m., Jan. 24
U-T To Get Plans for New Structure Feb. 13; Newsroom To Get New Plans Next Day
Karin Winner, editor of the Union-Tribune, has announced to the staff that on Feb. 13, the U-T's president, Gene Bell, will unveil plans for a new company structure. The following day, Winner will tell the newsroom staff about its new plan. Lorie Hearn, metro editor for nine years and a close friend of Winner's, has been named editor of purported watchdog reporting. Hearn will oversee a so-called computer-assisted reporting team. Assistant Business Editor Cathy Snapp, who came to the paper in December of 2005, will replace Hearn as one of two metro editors. The other is Laura Wingard.