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Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Changes made
in Star-Bulletin

David Shapiro resigns;
Frank Bridgewater will become
acting managing editor

Star-Bulletin staff

Frank Bridgewater has been named acting managing editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of Star-Bulletin news departments.

Bridgewater succeeds David Shapiro, who stepped down for health reasons. Shapiro, 52, started with the Star-Bulletin in Hilo in 1968 and became managing editor in 1987. He will continue to write his weekly Volcanic Ash column.

"I've treasured my career with the Star-Bulletin,'' Shapiro said, "and am thrilled that the newspaper will live on to continue its service to Hawaii. Frank Bridgewater is a strong leader who will capably guide our newsroom into this challenging new era.''

Bridgewater, 50, joined the Star-Bulletin as business editor in 1985 from The New York Times, where he was an assistant business editor. Prior to joining the Times, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal. He became Star-Bulletin assistant managing editor in 1993. He received a bachelor's degree from Illinois College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

"Dave kept a steady hand on the Star-Bulletin's news coverage during a particularly difficult and uncertain time in its history,'' said John Flanagan, Star-Bulletin editor and publisher. "It's been a privilege to work with him.''

"We have great confidence in Frank's abilities to maintain the standards Dave set during the upcoming transition to new ownership,'' Flanagan said.

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