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Samyn named new Free Press editor

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THE new editor of the Free Press has climbed virtually every rung of the corporate ladder.

Paul Samyn had the "interim" removed from his editor job title Thursday, succeeding Margo Goodhand, who resigned from the post in late July.

The 47-year-old's first job was as a Free Press paper boy -- he remembers seeing stacks of undelivered Winnipeg Tribunes on the day it folded on August 27, 1980 -- and began his career in earnest in 1988 when he was hired as a reporter. Over the years, he has covered provincial and federal elections, wars overseas and the funerals of Princess Diana and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

"It's an honour and a privilege for someone who used to deliver the Free Press as a boy growing up in St. James to now be leading our newsroom as we serve our readers in both print and on our website," he said.

"I'm proud to be part of our 140-year-old tradition and excited about the job ahead, delivering the stories that our readers expect and deserve."

Publisher Bob Cox said Samyn is definitely up to the task of leading the "biggest and best" newsroom in Manitoba.

"Paul has lived and breathed the Winnipeg Free Press for the past 24 years, and knows the city, the province and the country as well as any journalist. He is smart and driven to provide the most relevant and most interesting news and information that a reader can get in Winnipeg," Cox said.

"This is a time of great change for newspapers. You need to be energetic and adaptable to take on all the challenges we face. I feel Paul is just that person."

The graduate of the University of Winnipeg and Red River College perhaps became best-known to Free Press readers as the paper's Ottawa bureau chief for a decade before being named city editor in 2007.

He is married with three children.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2012 A2

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