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Monday, November 22, 2004

Media competition helped

...With The News Tribune competing against the larger papers just 30 miles away in Seattle, "Betsy said, 'I don't care what it costs; we are not going to be beat on this story,' " Merryman recalled. "We weren't"...

ELIZABETH 'BETSY' BRENNER NAMED PUBLISHER OF THE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Colleagues in Tacoma, Wash., laud her integrity, news values
By RICK ROMELL rromell@journalsentinel.com
Nov. 22, 2004
[Excerpts] Elizabeth "Betsy" Brenner, a Washington state native praised by colleagues as a tough-minded but supportive executive, on Monday was named president and publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Brenner comes to Milwaukee from Tacoma, Wash., where she is publisher of The News Tribune, a paper with circulation of 128,000 daily and 143,000 on Sunday. She will succeed Journal Sentinel Publisher Keith Spore, who announced in April that he would retire at year's end... Both Merryman and Zeeck cited Brenner's commitment to the newspaper on a huge story - the 2003 murder of Crystal Brame by her husband, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame, who then killed himself. With The News Tribune competing against the larger papers just 30 miles away in Seattle, "Betsy said, 'I don't care what it costs; we are not going to be beat on this story,' " Merryman recalled. "We weren't."... [Full article here]