The Press: Fixit Goes West

A Star editor takes on the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

James G. Bellows is known among his friends these days as "the Red Adair of journalism," a Mr. Fixit summoned to patch up ailing newspapers, or at least light up their declining days. As the last editor of the New York Herald Tribune, Bellows breathed temporary vitality into that doomed daily. As most recent editor of the Washington Star, he turned a newsprint morgue into a laboratory of editorial innovation. But Bellows, 55, has never faced a task as daunting as this: on Jan. 1 he will become editor of what may well...

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