Saturday, December 05, 2009


The new online St. Louis Globe-Democrat, which will launch on Tuesday, Dec. 8, has hired several veteran reporters and editors to lead the website's news coverage of the metro area.

Dan Barger has been named the Globe-Democrat's News Editor. Barger is a lifelong resident of St. Louis with 30 years of newspaper experience, including stints as a reporter, editor, and editorial director of the Suburban Journals of greater St. Louis and as Publisher of the Monroe County, Ill., Journals and the Jefferson County, Mo., Journals. He has won numerous awards for editorial writing and was recognized for his work in covering the presidential campaign of Richard Gephardt in 1988.

Named as Senior Online Editor, Gabrielle Biondo, also a St. Louis native who has 10 years of television news experience. She most recently worked as an Online News Producer, Reporter and Anchor for KPLR-TV, Channel 11.

Leading the Globe-Democrat's reporting staff is Steve Birmingham, who brings more than 20 years of experience to the newspaper. Birmingham also is a native of St. Louis and will be responsible for coverage of local and state government, crime and the courts.

In addition to its full-time staff, readers will recognize the names of several St. Louisians who will serve as contributing writers in the fields of Business, Real Estate, Legal Issues, Health and Medicine, Education, Food, Travel, Entertainment, Fashion and other topics.

"Our readers will be well served not only by our full-time reporters and editors but also by the contributions of all of our contributing writers," said publisher Dan Rositano. "Each is an expert in his or her field and we are happy they are willing to share their expertise with our readers. Each of their columns will be devoted to a timely and interesting topic that would otherwise not be available to our readers."

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(For more information, please contact Dan Rositano at 314-714-2904)

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