KC STAR NAMES DONOVAN ‘PUBLIC EDITOR’

JohnLandsberg
March 28th, 2012
Derek Donovan

     Derek Donovan, who has done an admirable job in the tough position as the Readers’ Representative at the Kansas City Star since 2004, has been promoted to the new position of Public Editor, according an announcement by the McClatchy-owned newspaper.
    His promotion is effective next week.
    Donovan, 42, will continue as the newspaper’s Readers’ Representative while assuming new responsibility for the newsroom’s social media content, including its Kansascity.com Web site, Facebook and Twitter.
    Donovan joined The Star in 1995 as a library database manager and became library director in 1998. Before becoming the paper’s Readers’ Representative, he served as the newsroom’s director of research and information.
    He has degrees from Truman State University and Stephen F. Austin State University.

17 Responses

  1. Inafunkaboutyael says:

    What an awful job to have to show up to. Why don’t they name him ” Caprain of the Titanic” instead?

  2. Rich says:

    Derek does an admirable job in a very difficult position. His promotion is well earned.

  3. jane Nutt says:

    I want to commend you for highlighting Frank White with such a nice coverage of what he has meant to this area, and is still doing.
    He is a very good example for all people of all ages – Thank you

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  5. Luann Reese says:

    KC STAR CUSTOMER SERVICE
    I realize this is not your problem but I am hoping you will help me. Unfortunately, I have found customercare/kcstar.com to be a joke. Several times before and after Christmas I wrote requesting the name of my paper carrier. I wished to write him a note with a small gift to let him know how much I appreciate his faithful service and consideration. I never received a response even tho I left my name, phone# and address. I do want to send a message to this man who never misses a delivery and in inclement weather throws my paper near my garage door. I am a senior citizen (84) and deeply appreciate his kindness. Can you please ask someone to send me his name in order that I may thank him? You have my e-mail address.
    Thank you! Luann Reese
    12403 Frost Rd.
    KCMO 64138
    816-353-4453

  6. Forrest Taylor says:

    FLAGS ON OBITUARIES?
    I have noticed that there is not always a flag on all of the veterans obituaries. Who decides that??

    • JohnLandsberg says:

      Derek Donovan has responded to your inquiry: “The flags are completely free for death notices and paid obituaries of all veterans. But not every family or funeral home requests them.”
      Thanks, Derek.

  7. larry holtel says:

    DROPPING STAR AFTER 42 YEARS
    I’ve had it with the star. after 42 plus years as a star subscriber I am through in the towel. this paper dose not print the news. In your eyes Obama can’t do no wrong. So because of the papers liberal stance I am dropping my home delivery. Just to let you know I don’t watch The 3 liberal news networks either. Would love to see a real newspaper company buy the star.

  8. James McCormick says:

    NOT A MARY SANCHEZ FAN
    DEAR GOD–IT IS MYSELF AGAIN–that dreadful piece by M.Sanchez again is something either deliberately obtuse or downright planned racism. She fiddles around with all the chatter about investigations, Attorneys General from generally all over, about protests and cops–whose procedures remain innocent ignorance for her–but then she casually dismisses that the universal sign for surrender, hands-up, really isn’t that significant
    In fact all autopsies show that the surrender hands-up is precisely what happened, and that is precisely what the rioting is about. She cannot dismiss the major issue with any amount of “blithering” (my coined word) about procedures.
    Thank God the NAACP got the Lawyer from Trayvon Martin’s case (a million-dollar attorney really for free), and he announced promptly what else is necessary after the autopsy reports for the family to insist upon the officer’s arrest.
    Sanchez is both facile and pompous in her assumed grasp of difficult and comprehensive issues which is why she is a comprehensive ass! She belongs on back pages where obituaries are for 77 yr olds who did not make it to 77 the very day she presented her ghastly column
    Sanchez is unfit for such an import organ of communication as]]\ the STAR which I still value, and his new editors give new promise. Please–get this to her INTACT with my name writ large.
    James McCormick KC MO 64111 3227 central st ee as above
    816-931-2773

  9. Mary Raynolds says:

    IGNORING JEWEL BALL
    Why has nothing been printed about the Jewel Ball? The Star prints extensive coverage of very impressive large weddings so why not coverage of this event? The people involved with the Jewel Ball are mostly citizens who donate their time and money for the betterment of the city. Is the Star so egalitarian that these people can’t be recognized?

    • JohnLandsberg says:

      Keep in mind, most of the big write-ups for weddings are really paid advertisements similar to obituaries.

  10. neita geilker says:

    LIKES KC STAR’S NEW LOOK
    I am delighted at the new look of the Star, specifically the use of left justified text throughout–except for obits. I have “preached” this for years. So reader friendly. Thanks!

  11. Mary Duerst says:

    LOVES NEW STAR
    I love the new look of the Star.

    I recently visited one of the best kept secrets in the area. It is called Cedar Cove, Feline Conservatory & Education Center. It is a twenty minute drive from Kansas City on Hwy 69. What a treat for a weekend experience. I would love to see an article in the Star about this place.

  12. Virginia Graham says:

    LIKES MOST CHANGES
    I like the new changes to the Star and the overall look. I also enjoy some of the new puzzles. The crossword is harder but think I would eventually have conquered it but prefer the old Daily Crossword.

    The one thing that I, and a few of my friends, do not care for at all is the Celebrity Cipher. It is super difficult and most often the quote and the celebrities are not what most of us would come up with. To me the daily CrytoQuip was a challenge and I always felt so great when I was able to complete it. Keep up the good work at the Star. I know many people now prefer reading online but I get so much more out of the actual paper and will always subscribe to it as long as you put out a printed edition.

    Thank you and your staff for keeping us in the rural area of Kansas City informed.

  13. esther griffin says:

    FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES
    Hello Mr. Donovan, The article today about Independence Avenue Spiffs Up Its Image was inspiring. However, it would be helpful if an article could be written in The Star about all the help, good will and encouragement that comes from the tireless work of The Faith Based communities in that area and all over the metro.
    According to the Pew Foundation research and others, the general population is quitting the faith based communities. Do you see away to bring attention to the fact that without the work of these communities our quality of life in Kansas City would be greatly diminished? Thank you for your listening ear. esther griffin – 1221 W. 63rd Terrace, K.C. Mo. 64113 – 816-523-0233.

  14. Carroll L. Story says:

    Open Letter to Mr. Donovan

    I had hoped to have the following message published in the Star, but the web page has changed and I couldn’t find the route.

    “CHARM” Shop Robbery

    On behalf of the Telephone Pioneers, The CHARM shop volunteers, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to The Kansas City Star, and in particular to Mr. Derek Donovan, for their efforts to help our charitable organization. Through their dedication to civic duty they not only highlighted the robbery in the “Star”, they also followed up with news telecasts on KCTV Channel 5 and KSHB Channel 41. The results so far will enable our organization to recover a good portion of the items taken in the robbery. We estimate the replacement costs will be approximately 400% of the original costs. We thank The Kansas City Star and its employees, the TV Stations, and the individuals who contributed money. But above all we thank everyone for helping the kids we serve–that is what it is all about.

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