Oregonian fires editor who covered up circumstances of Caldwell’s death

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Kathleen Glanville was the “family friend” who told the paper that editorial page editor Bob Caldwell died in his car. He actually died in the apartment of a young woman he’d been paying for sex. In an unbylined post, Willamette Week reports that Caldwell’s wife, Lora Cuykendall, had told Glanville the truth about his death but Glanville gave the paper the bad information anyway. Glanville, an editor on the breaking news team, was dismissed yesterday. On her Facebook page, Glanville’s post about her firing has attracted many expressions of support from former coworkers. On March 12, managing editor Susan Gage wrote in the comments section of the revised story about Caldwell’s death that “We reported the information we had at the time Sunday, that our friend and colleague died in his car. Further information that became available today revealed other circumstances, and we determined that it was prudent to publish. Hardly a coverup, as some here allege.” || Related: Cuykendall says “We love him unconditionally.”

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  • Reykjavik

    Am I alone in saying who cares about the behavior (or death) of a senior editor at a newspaper? If no charges were involved, it seems needlessly invasive to have published such details, even if the initial account was a whitewash. If such a standard is in place regarding the kinks and proclivities of still-living journalists, we wouldn’t have a press corps. And to fire someone who played a dual role (family friend and editor) smacks of idiocy. The fact that newspapers are burning brain cells dealing with issues like this are evidence of why the industry is in decline.