Who we are

January 03, 1999

Opinion pages and the people who create them too often are a mystery to a daily newspaper's readers. That's why The Sun today is running articles about the purpose of the opinion pages and how they function.

Also, we've included brief biographical sketches of the editors, writers, cartoonists and support staff behind the editorial and op/ed pages.

Jacqueline Thomas, editorial page editor

Ms. Thomas has been editorial page editor of The Sun since May 1997. Previously, she was Washington bureau chief of the Detroit News and, earlier, the news editor in Detroit.

She has also been associate editor of the Detroit Free Press and the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times in Louisville, Ky., and a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Carol Stevens, associate editor of the editorial page

Ms. Stevens joined The Sun as associate editor of the editorial page in November from USA TODAY, where she was an editorial page writer and editor who specialized in education and health issues. Previously, she was a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Detroit News, where she covered health care and welfare reform, education and the 1996 presidential campaign.

She is relocating to the Baltimore area from Arlington, Va., with her husband, Erik Brady, a sports reporter for USA TODAY, and their two children.

Barry Rascovar, deputy editorial page editor/special projects

Mr. Rascovar is a Baltimorean whose entire career has been with his hometown newspaper. The Northwest Baltimore native joined The Sun in 1969, covering city news, and later, City Hall and the State House beat.

After three years as news editor of The Sun's Washington Bureau, Mr. Rascovar became a deputy editorial page editor. He writes a column on state and local politics and editorials on a variety of issues. He lives in Baltimore County with his wife, Cecelia Hudson.

Andrew Ratner, deputy editorial page editor/metro

Mr. Ratner directs the work of writers who focus on Baltimore's suburbs and regional issues, and writes about those topics as well.

He has worked at The Sun for 13 years, first as Anne Arundel County bureau chief and then as assistant metro editor for the old Evening Sun. He formerly was a reporter in Pennsylvania and a stringer for the Wall Street Journal.

He lives in Abingdon with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

Marilyn McCraven, op/ed page editor

Ms. McCraven has been editor of the op/ed page since October 1997. In her seven years at The Sun, she has worked as a copy editor, reporter and editor of the Evening Sun's Other Voices page. She covered city issues as a reporter.

Ms. McCraven is a native of St. Louis. She has worked at newspapers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

She lives in Mount Washington with her husband, Thomas Mapp, and their two sons, who attend the local public elementary school.

Lane Harvey Brown, copy editor

Ms. Brown joined The Sun's editorial staff in March, after working on the news copy desk.

Ms. Brown, a journalist for 13 years, has worked for newspapers in North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois. In Chicago, she worked for the Sun-Times and was a consultant to a partnership of homeless service providers .

Ms. Brown lives in Rodgers Forge with her husband, Rob, who is a free-lance photographer, and their two children.

Elise Armacost, editorial writer

Ms. Armacost, a Carroll County native, joined The Sun's editorial board in 1992, after four years of reporting on local government from Sun bureaus. She writes editorials about Baltimore County.

Ms. Armacost lives in Glyndon with her husband and two daughters.

Dan Berger, editorial writer

Mr. Berger writes about foreign affairs and many cultural matters. In 1967, he joined the Evening Sun as an editorial writer, and there began the feature of terse comment known as ``Bergerisms,'' on the op/ed page. He was The Sun's correspondent in London from 1969 to 1972.

The New York native served as a U.S. soldier in Berlin and later worked for newspapers in Indianapolis, New York and Cleveland.

He is married to the former Elena Plotnikoff of Glasgow, Scotland. They live in Roland Park and have two grown children.

Mike Burns, editorial writer

Mr. Burns has worked for The Sun for more than 25 years, as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and, for the past seven years, as an editorial writer. He specializes in environmental and consumer issues and writes editorials on Carroll County affairs. Before coming to Baltimore, he was state editor of the Decatur (Ill.) Herald.

He lives in Baltimore County.

Harold Jackson, editorial writer

Mr. Jackson has lived in Kansas, Pennsylvania and Maryland, but will always call Alabama home. A Sun editorial writer for four years, he concentrates on Howard County and civil rights.

He has worked for newspapers in Alabama and Pennsylvania. In 1991, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing while at the Birmingham News.

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