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Ken Cooper leaving Morrissey Boulevard

Richard Prince breaks the news in his column that former Globe national editor Ken Cooper is leaving the paper (scroll down to second item) after his department was essentially disbanded in the latest round of company-mandated cutbacks. Unfortunately, I guess that comes as no surprise.

According to Prince's piece, Cooper was offered other positions at the Globe, but not the one he wanted which was the job of op-ed columnist. I've known Ken for almost 20 years, when I was a press secretary in a Congressional race that he was covering for the Globe. (In that race, he was the reporter least likely to play favorites or make a mistake in his stories.) He was a committed, serious journalist with a no-nonsense approach -- who was not afraid to occasionally ruffle feathers -- who will be missed. This is a loss for the Globe, both diversity-wise and journalistically.
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