Media Moves

Detroit News names new business editor

August 9, 2011

Posted by Chris Roush


Jon Wolman, the editor and publisher of the Detroit News, sent out the following announcement to the staff on Tuesday:

We’re pleased to announce that Joanna Firestone has been appointed Business Editor, succeeding Sue Carney.

Please give her your congratulations.

We’re confident that Joanna will lead our award-winning business coverage to great heights. The agenda is enormous.

Michigan’s economic turbulence
Global autos
Books without Borders
Auto labor talks
Downtown development
March of the medical schools; growth of the health sector
Personal finance (How’s your 401K doing today?)
Autos, the business
Autos — the vehicles and the consumer trends
Autos — regulation, safety, lobbying, CAFE
Casinos. Air travel. Retail. Utilities.
Financial markets
Reviews, commentaries, blogs.
Green energy, alternative fuels
Residential real estate
Little Your Money
Technology, digital.
The next debt ceiling crisis.

Joanna brings broad experience to her new assignment. After graduating from MSU in 1972, she reported for a small chain of Michigan newspapers and was with UPI for seven years as state editor and Lansing bureau chief. She joined The News in 1981 as a political writer and has served as Lansing bureau chief and as editor in charge of our City Hall coverage. Joanna left the News to be assistant managing editor of the Rockford Journal. On her return, she was a mainstay at Metro. She has been in business for two years, most recently as auto editor.

Joanna is married and has a 17-year-old son.

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