KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Andrews McMeel Publishing
announced today it will publish the memoirs of legendary newspaper editor
James Bellows. The Last Editor: How I Saved The New York Times, the
Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times From Dullness and Complacency is
slated for publication in April 2002.
"Andrews McMeel is thrilled to publish Jim Bellows' memoirs," says John
McMeel, President of Andrews McMeel Universal. "The Last Editor captures an
era of journalism that was classified by strong, crusading, colorful editors
from Jim Bellows and Ben Bradlee to Gene Roberts, Ralph McGill, Gene Patterson
and others who fought passionately and with great integrity to educate and
inform readers. Jim Bellows personifies the great newspaper editor."
Additionally, Bellows' professional career will be the focus of a feature
documentary film, also titled The Last Editor, currently in production. The
film, which is being made by the producers of the award-winning PBS series THE
LIVING CENTURY will premiere on PBS in April 2002.
Bellows' story reads like the front page: honor, excitement, surprise,
tragedy, and celebrity. From piloting fighters in WWII to fighting for
newspapers' lives in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, his passion for
journalism consistently led Bellows away from comfortable berths in prosperous
companies and into classic David-and-Goliath battles. Bellows' career spans
forty years, from newspapers in six different cities-including the New York
Herald Tribune, the Washington Star, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner-to TV
newsrooms-including Entertainment Tonight, ABC Network News, and USA Today on
TV-and Internet start-ups Prodigy and Excite.
Among Bellows' many gifts are a reverence for writing and an unerring
instinct for talent. The book and documentary feature top writers and artists
who worked with Bellows, including Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Dick Schaap, Gail
Sheehy, Art Buchwald, Bob Novak, Ben Stein, Paul Conrad, Jack Germond, Barbara
Howar, Leonard Maltin, David Haberstam, Pat Oliphant, Caroline Graham, Diana
McLellan, Diane K. Shah, Richard Wald, Marcia Bullard, Mary Ann Dolan, David
Burgin, and Walter Anderson.
Bellows' bedrock integrity, quiet determination, and unflagging optimism,
plus an irrepressible taste for fun, have carved a unique place for him in the
history of the American press.
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SOURCE Andrews McMeel Publishing