As reported earlier today by Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch, there are some big changes afoot at the Globe's sports desk--including the hiring of Albert Breer from the Sporting News to replace Mike Reiss; Adam Kilgore moving from Red Sox to Patriots coverage; Chris Gasper taking over Tony Massarotti's online-columnist slot; and Julian Benbow moving to the Celtics beat.
Here's the email that sports editor Joe Sullivan sent this morning, describing these and other changes (read: the recent hirings of Gary Washburn and Peter Abraham) in full:
I'd like to introduce some new free-agent players in our lineup who haverecently been signed to long-term contracts (only kidding about thecontract part). We've had some turnover in the sports department, but we'vebeen lucky to find great replacements for the quality people who have left.Gary Washburn is our new national NBA writer (replacing Marc Spears). Garygrew up in Inglewood, Calif., and graduated from Cal-Berkeley, but hiscareer has taken him coast to coast. He's worked for the Los Angeles DailyNews, the Contra Costa Times in Northern California. MLB.com in Baltimore,and the late and lamented Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He covered the NBAand the SuperSonics at the PI and he brings a veteran's viewpoint to ourNBA coverage.Peter Abraham will be part of our Red Sox coverage and will be the mostfrequent contributor to our Extra Bases blog on Boston.com, especially whenhe gets down to Fort Myers in February. Before that, he'll be working withAmalie Benjamin on offseason stories plus covering the winter meetings.Peter is a true New Englander, growing up in New Bedford and attendingUMass-Amherst. He worked at the New Bedford Standard-Times and the NorwichBulletin in Connecticut before landing at the Journal-News, the Gannettpaper that covers Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York. He coveredthe Mets and Yankees for the Journal-News and established a Yankees blogthat became known as the best source of Yankees news on the web; the majorNew York metro papers just could not match him online.Albert Breer is our new national NFL writer, replacing Mike Reiss. It's notthe first time he's replaced Mike. He became the Metro West Daily News'Patriots writer when Mike joined the Globe in 2004. Regional sports editorCraig Larson, then the Daily News' sports editor, hired both of them. Bert,as he's called except in his byline, covered the Cowboys for the DallasMorning News before moving to The Sporting News as its national NFL writer.He went to Lincoln-Sudbury High and graduated from THE Ohio StateUniversity.There are other changes.Christopher L. Gasper (Chris to his friends) is our new web columnist,essentially replacing Tony Massarotti. Tony is now working for WBZ-FM radiobut continues to write part-time for Boston.com. Chris will become the faceand voice of Boston.com sports. Given his youth, he brings a tremendousexpertise of Boston sports to this job.Adam Kilgore has been part of our Red Sox coverage for the last twoseasons, will soon be moving to the Patriots beat, where he will joinMonique Walker and Bert to give us top-notch coverage of the team. Moniquehad previously split her job between the sports department and Globe South.Julian Benbow, who used to split his job between the sports department andGlobe North (with occasional rap music reviews in G), will be moving to theCeltics beat with Frank Dell'Apa and Gary.Previously, you had been introduced to Matt Pepin, the new sports editor ofBoston.com, in an email from David Beard. Matt brings a creative mind andexcellent management experience from the Middletown, N.Y. Times RecordHerald.Sports is facing some new challenges (plus the same old ones) in our marketwith ESPN launching its Boston website, and Comcast soon to follow, and notjust because those entities will try to compete with us for readers. Bothupstarts also tried to raid our staff, mainly because they know the bestsportswriters and editors work at the Globe and Boston.com. We feel withthis new lineup we're as strong as ever, and ready to remain the dominatesource of information about Boston sports.Please say hello to our newcomers and send congratulations to our stafferson their new assignments.