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I have been writing a column for the Chronicle most of the time since December 2007, with two breaks, one in 2016 and the other in 2017 when my wife Kay suffered a stroke. They are all archived here.

 

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Where is Daryl Moen now? Who?

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist.............................February 2, 2018

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 future columns.

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 that’s a story for another column.

The only negative that came from Moen’s 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., area.

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.

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