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O'Reilly's Obsession with Dallas Morning News Continues

Reported by Marie Therese - October 23, 2005

Yesterday on the O'Reilly Factor, host Tony Snow continued Bill O'Reilly's pitiful little whine-fest against Macarena Hernandez and the Dallas Morning News Below is a copy of the memo sent last July to the staff members of the Dallas Morning News, informing them of Ms. Hernandez's hiring. Her background is pretty impressive, which leads me to believe that Bill's vendetta against her stems from pure unadulterated jealousy. After all, her work was good enough to be plagiarized by the infamous Jayson Blair! As for O'Reilly, he should get a life and stop trying to create a story where none exists!

From: Willey, Keven Ann
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 5:32 PM
To: TDMN-CCI Users; TDMN-Officers & Directors
Subject: editorial columnist

Please join me in welcoming Macarena Hernandez to Editorial. She comes to us from the San Antonio Express News and will be an editorial columnist and member of the editorial board effective Monday, Aug. 22.

Macarena interviewed with several members of the Editorial Board, as well as with several DMN and Al Dia reporters and editors. She has an impressive background, helps fill experience and knowledge gaps in Editorial and is hungry to help change the world. She and our other editorial columnist, Bill McKenzie, will both report to Assistant Editorial Page Editor Mike Hashimoto.

Here are some quick details about the candidate-search process. Since February, I've:

* Consulted more than a dozen personal/professional sources for referrals
* Collected and reviewed clips of more than 38 candidates
* Interviewed nine candidates (internal and external) in five cities
* Identified four finalists - two from Texas, one from New York and one from Arizona
* Signed our top choice, Macarena, earlier this week

What you should know about Macarena for starters:

* Her journalism degree is from Baylor, but her master's is from UC-Berkley in documentary filmmaking. She shoots Beta, Digital and Hi-8 video, and she just this summer reported and co-produced a documentary about the life and accomplishments of world-renowned potter Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico, for Frontline World/PBS.

* She's an accomplished public speaker and award-winning journalist.

* You might remember her as the writer Jayson Blair chose to plagiarize. She'd rather have you remember her for "One Family, Two Homelands," a 16-page series published last December in the Express-News detailing the death of her family's Mexican birthplace.

* She's been at the San Antonio Express News for four years, most recently as the Rio Grande Valley bureau chief. She's also been a GA reporter on the city desk and a minority affairs reporter covering Latino, African-American, Asian and Arab communities throughout the Valley.

* She is a member of Macondo, the writing collective led by writer Sandra Cisneros.

* She worked previously for Latino.com, as a staff writer, photographer and producer.

* She worked briefly as an English teacher in La Joya Independent
School District. She taught English literature and remedial English to 10th graders as part of their prep for taking the state exam needed to graduate from high school.

* She's worked as an intern at the NYT, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the LAT.

* She is fluent in reading and writing Spanish, as well as in CCI, PageMaker, Photoshop, HTML, QuarkXpress.

Macarena will be in the office briefly on Friday, July 22, for several meetings and we'll likely host some sort of get-acquainted reception once she's in Dallas full time. Please join us in welcoming her to Dallas and TDMN!

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