Ex-reporter back at Sun as head of Web site

Grangenois starts next month as SunSpot manager

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June 10, 2000|By Stacey Hirsh | Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF

Mireille Grangenois, who began her diverse newspaper career as a reporter at The Sun 22 years ago, was named yesterday as general manager of SunSpot, the paper's site on the World Wide Web.

Grangenois, 44, will start her new job next month.

She comes from Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, where she was director of the major retail accounts unit.

At SunSpot, Grangenois will oversee the development and execution of all aspects of the Web site, including editorial, technical, sales and marketing. She will report to Michael E. Waller, publisher and chief executive of The Sun.

Waller said Grangenois' "strategic leadership should be a real asset in strengthening the relationship between interactive and print at The Sun."

Grangenois said that in her new role at SunSpot, she hopes to create an engaging online relationship with Greater Baltimore and Maryland in three ways.

The first is through relevant and respected news and advertising content. The second is with a connected community, such as online forums where people can react to news events. The third, she said, is through essential commercial tools, allowing users to buy T-shirts or tickets through the Web.

"Sunspot.net is an important destination for the Greater Baltimore Internet community and throughout Maryland," Grange- nois said.

A graduate of New York University, Grangenois began her career in the news industry as a reporter at The Sun in 1978, when she covered police and education and worked as a general assignment reporter.

"I couldn't have imagined 20-some-odd years later, that I could be back," Grangenois said.

She has since worked as a correspondent for Business Week and as a reporter for USA Today and Gannett News Service.

Grangenois later worked as director of minority affairs for the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

She then went on to work for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., which publishes the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

In Philadelphia, she worked as marketing manager/classified sales development manager, real estate advertising manager, retail major accounts manager and director of retail advertising - all jobs on the business side of the news industry, to which she dedicated her career.

"It must be in my blood," she said.

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