The Last Editor: Legendary Newspaper Editor Jim Bellows to Publish Memoirs April 2002

Bellows to Be Subject of Feature Documentary

Dec 20, 2001, 00:00 ET from Andrews McMeel Publishing

    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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