ProJo's Peoples seen in lead for State House beat

A long time ago, when N4N was a cub reporter at the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel & Enterprise, an older, more experienced reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette turned to me during a Fitchburg City Council meeting and asked me to explain what was going on. My surprise notwithstanding, that reporter, Linda Killian, went on to write a well-reviewed book about the freshman class of Newt Gingrich's (short-lived) 1994 Republican revolution and to direct Boston University's Washington Journalism Center (WJC).

Why is this relevant? Because Rhode Island has only two degrees of separation, and one of the WJC's past students, recent scribe Steve Peoples -- who came to the Journal as a two-year reporter-intern -- is the front-runner to fill the State House beat being vacated by Scott Mayerowitz. Mayerowitz, btw, was feted by his colleagues this week with a going-away lunch before heading off to his new gig at ABC News. Happy trails, Scott.

It remains to be seen what happens with the ProJo's vacant assistant business editor slot, which had been offered to Mayerowitz. An ongoing hiring freeze makes very likely the selection of an internal candidate.

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