Thursday, October 25, 2007

Retired Publisher Writing Fewer Columns Online

HaroldRetired Omaha World-Herald Publisher Harold Andersen is writing fewer columns now that his work is published online and no longer in the newspaper he worked for 43 years.

Andersen's website, haroldandersen.com, includes only three columns since the newspaper stopped affording him space on its editorial pages on Wednesdays and Sundays. In his most recent post, Andersen writes that he will make his weekly column available on Fridays instead of Saturdays. He also takes his former employer to task for things written about the Huskers by the paper's reporters and sports columnists.

Andersen began his journalism career as a reporter for the Lincoln Star before moving to the World-Herald for a 13-year reporting stint. He also was an editor and manager before becoming publisher in 1966. He retired in 1989. Andersen also served on boards of the National Newspaper Association, the World Association of Newspapers and the Associated Press. He founded the World Press Freedom Committee.

Late in his tenure as a contributing columnist at the World-Herald, Andersen was criticized for a lack of fact-checking, having a hidden agenda at times and he frequently commented on sports, particularly Nebraska football. He was also known to frequently take shots at competing media.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just the ramblings of a bitter old man. Sad. Really sad.

Craven Moorehead said...

Let's all go "call up" his website! (as he says it).

Also, Mr. Andersen. We know you are rich....how many times did we have to read about you being an AkSarBen king, being a member of Augusta, and all your trips to France?????

Anonymous said...

Surely you aren't complaining that he's writing less frequently.

Anonymous said...

Though I disagree with Mr. Anderson and his views most of the time; I can say that he does hit the nail on the head some times; especially with stem cell research. It is good to know that there is a dissenting voice out there, even if I do not agree with it much of the time.

Anonymous said...

Funny how he leaves just before Gottschalk retires as CEO. Obviously there is not enough room for two former puplisher/CEO types on staff. It makes sense in retrospect.

Obbop said...

When I read about the old fart griping about the commoners having Web access where the uber intelligent newspaper folks can not control the masses' access to what the editorial elite believe what we should be informed about.... I screamed in outrage.

That Anederson thing is, in my opinion, an elitest vermin who would subject the citizenry to tyranny if he could get away with it.

Junebug said...

A question: Do you believe H.W. Andersen is a racist known to few as such and perhaps not even to himself?

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