Daily Record loses top staff members

August 25, 1994|By David Conn | David Conn,Sun Staff Writer

The Daily Record Co., a news and printing company that was sold three months ago, has lost about a half-dozen management and editorial employees in recent weeks, including the company's former president and its legal affairs editor.

The departures started about a month ago when former president Robert Dawson, whose title was changed to vice president soon after the company was sold in May, announced he would leave to become publisher of the Real Estate Review, a publication of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.

Last Thursday Dan Trigoboff, legal affairs editor of both the Daily Record and the weekly Warfield's Business Record, was fired, just short of a year after he arrived, he confirmed yesterday.

And two other staffers announced on Monday they would join Mr. Dawson: associate editor Henry L. Mortimer Jr. will become editor of the Real Estate Review; and art director Linda Lee will take a similar position at the weekly paper. A reporter and copy editor recently announced they would leave the paper, and several other staff members, who asked not to be identified, said they were considering leaving the company, possibly to join Mr. Dawson.

The company's president and publisher, Richard H. Groves, said that except for those who are headed for the real estate paper, the departures were unrelated.

The Daily Record Co. has close to 60 employees and about $6 million in annual revenues.

Mr. Trigoboff, a former senior editor at the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, said his firing came as a complete surprise. Several other staff members yesterday expressed shock at the decision by Mr. Groves, who came on board in May when Edwin Warfield IV sold the company to Dolan Media Co., a Minneapolis-based legal publishing chain.

"There was never any warning," Mr. Trigoboff said. "Clearly, they have their own person they want to bring in."

That person is Adam Ambrose, publisher of the Maryland Family Law Monthly in Silver Spring, according to numerous staffers at the Daily Record Co. Mr. Ambrose is slated to become editor of the Daily Record, reporting to Keith Girard, who edits both publications, they said.

Mr. Groves declined to confirm Mr. Ambrose's hiring, but he said an announcement would come today.

Mr. Groves said Mr. Trigoboff is being replaced as part of an effort to strengthen the staff.

He denied that he had told Mr. Trigoboff there were no problems with the coverage, and said he'd had numerous conversations in recent months about ways to improve the legal coverage.

Mr. Trigoboff said that wasn't true.

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