David Houston, the editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, has some nice words in a newsroom note this morning for departing reporter Casey Sullivan (see today's LA Observed Morning Buzz) and for reporter Ben Adlin. The latter scribe gets credit from the boss for yesterday's scoop on the federal investigation of former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
From: David Houston
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:23 AM
Subject: kudos and adieu
Join me in wishing well Casey Sullivan, whose last day is today. I'm sure you all know now that Casey is moving to New York to cover the legal industry for Reuters. It's tempting whenever someone moves on to another great opportunity for me to give the Daily Journal credit. We offer reporters a chance to write on complicated and exciting topics that gets them noticed. But the truth with Casey and so many others the credit lies solely with the reporter. Hard work and tenacity will bring you great things. Casey often was the first to arrive to work and the last one to leave. I'm still not convinced he didn't sleep here some nights. And he has the distinction of being the only reporter who ever sent me a text suggesting in the strongest possible terms that I get to work at 6 a.m. to edit one of his stories so it could go online before the competition. These work habits are why Casey is moving on to a very good job in the world's toughest media market at this early stage in his career. Good luck Casey.
Join me in congratulating Ben Adlin, who made quite a splash in his first story on the federal court beat. Ben was the first to report on a federal tax investigation into the Dodgers. He was followed and given credit by the AP and the Los Angeles Times and NPR interviewed him. Again, the credit all goes to Ben, who chased this story tirelessly for several days (and then had the chutzpah to go to a Dodger's game last night!). When Gabe Friedman announced he had won a Knight Fellowship, after a string of major scoops here, we all wondered who might be able to follow him onto the federal court beat. I think we've found our man in Ben.
Adlin is new to the beat but has been at the paper more than a year, I'm told.