Roger Verdon, a veteran Kansas newspaperman, has joined the Journal-World news staff as managing editor.
Verdon, 46, was formerly managing editor of the Hutchinson News, a 40,000-circulation daily in central Kansas. During his 19-year tenure in Hutchinson, he wrote editorials, news stories and was a columnist. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the Harris-owned Hutchinson News.
As the Journal-World's managing editor, Verdon will oversee daily newsroom functions, coordinating and assigning the news staff.
"The Journal-World has had many changes in the past couple of years," said Dolph C. Simons Jr., Journal-World editor and publisher. "The addition of Verdon will help us publish an even finer paper. Our production department and newsroom are now 100 percent computerized, and we have completely redesigned the paper."
Simons added, "Last August 21, we switched from an afternoon paper to a morning publication, expanded our sports and financial sections, added new sections, initiated the Journal-World On-line Internet services, increased our newsroom staff and started `Bullseye,' an alternate delivery service. Also, we have just completed a major addition to our building and installed an additional press line."
Journal-World Deputy Editor Bill Snead said, "We feel fortunate to have someone with Roger's abilities joining us in the newsroom. Roger's had a lot of hands-on experience in this business, and I'm certain he'll have a lot to share with our staff."
The addition of Verdon will enable Journal-World News Editor John Taylor to focus more on the operation of the copy and news desks and the layout and production of the daily paper.
Verdon, a native of New York, is a graduate of Southampton College. He and his wife, Norma, have one daughter, Amy, a freshman at Kansas State University.