My claim to be the oldest living former Daily
Chronicle editor still stands after I contacted the editor who
succeeded me at the paper in 1972. My predecessors, editors Bob
Greenaway and Eddie Raymond, were past middle age when they sold
the newspaper at the end of 1968, so they are not with us anymore.
I believe all of the subsequent surviving editors are younger,
and I would like to locate them for more personal profiles in
But for now, I want to concentrate on Daryl Moen. He was
born four years after me and emailed me a 13-page resume that
highlights all of his accomplishments, most of them since his
days at the Chronicle. Only a true academician could compose
such a lengthy, and I must say impressive, resume with no fluff,
just the facts.
He remembers his tenure at the Chronicle as a pleasant
experience, working for Publisher Ray Robinson and heading an
editorial staff of about 14 people. We shared fond memories of
staff members we worked with, especially County News Editor Ina
Glover, who handled all the chicken dinner personal
items from correspondents around the county.
Former Chronicle editor Daryl Moen
A surprise to me was hearing that one of his Chronicle sports
writers, Tim TJ Simers became a noted sports columnist
for the LA Times later in life. As an aside, Simers, successfully
sued the LA Times at the end of his career in 2015 for age discrimination
when he was forced out of his $234,000-a-year position after
a minor stroke. The Times has appealed the verdict. But thats
a story for another column.
The only negative that came from Moens DeKalb experience
was a phone call from a reporter a few months after he had moved
to Columbia, Missouri, for his next job. It seems his house at
the north end of Normal Road was destroyed by a fire. The apparent
cause was an electrical malfunction. How fortunate his family
was to escape that tragedy.
In 1974, he became managing editor of the Columbia Missourian,
a daily affiliated with the University of Missouri but operated
by a separate corporation. It competed with the local community
paper and covered much of the state. He pointed out the contrast
between the two papers and staffs. He went from a newsroom of
14 in DeKalb to 274 students and faculty who worked on the Missourian
in any one year. This included 16 full-time university faculty
who filled the major editorial positions, using their skills
to mentor young journalism students, as well as teaching in the
School of Journalism.
Moen himself taught as well as heading that newsroom, and
eventually became chairman of the editorial department, then
acting associate dean of the journalism school, director of two
programs at the university and a full professor the remainder
of his career there that spanned more than 40 years. Along the
way, he collaborated with other faculty members to write and
publish five books, covering various facets of journalism.
He and his wife, Margaret, have three grown children, a
son, Chad who is a lawyer in Columbia; daughter, Marisa, a financial
consultant living in a Chicago suburb; and their other daughter,
Mia, who teaches at an elementary school in the Washington, D.C.,
Asking him the inevitable question about where newspapering
and journalism are headed, Moen said, Journalism has taken
a hard right to the jaw the press and (President Donald)
Trump are at war. It is vital that we have a functioning free
press in a democracy. But our credibility and trust is being
attacked, while the social media hits our economic base. So it
is quite fragile now
So now I know what happened to my successor at the Chronicle.
What a fascinating career for someone who got his start on small,
community papers like so many of us, and ended up as a major
player at one of the pre-eminent journalism schools in the nation.
I am glad I looked him up.