Who We Are

The people who make up The Sun's editorial department

January 21, 2001

DANIEL BERGER

After stints on newspapers in Cleveland, Indianapolis and New York, Dan Berger came to Baltimore in 1967.

He served as chief of The Sun's London bureau from 1969 to 1972, after which he returned to take up his first love of writing editorials and commentary.

As one of the senior members of the editorial board, he specializes in foreign affairs, although he also writes on cultural and educational matters. In the coming year, he expects to explore the ever-expanding role of philanthropic foundations in the city and state.

In the age of the Internet, he had to "retool" to keep abreast of world affairs.

Where he once relied primarily on major daily newspapers for information on breaking events, he now routinely reads Internet editions of newspapers throughout the world - from Ireland to Israel to Australia to China.

In the post-Cold War world, Mr. Berger finds there is still "a certain lack of framework for understanding. The historical guidance just isn't there, and this inevitably results in a lack of consistency. That's why we have such problems in deciding when to intervene in what country under what circumstances. But this we do know: Globalization is coming on at a furious pace. Isolation simply is not an option. There are some in Congress who still seem to think it is, but it's not."

In addition to editorials, for many years Mr. Berger has written a brief column of terse and trenchant comment which now runs three times a week on the Opinion*Commentary page called "Bergerisms."

MARC BLOCK

For the past 30 years, Marc Block has been the early bird in The Sun's editorial suite, arriving well before the editors to sort out the overnight letters submitted for publication.

For many years, Mr. Block has been the "voice" of The Sun's letters to the editor column, the person letter writers speak to when they call the paper.

After the editors have chosen the letters which will be printed, Mr. Block confirms authenticity, verifies factual information in them and then processes the copy for the letters column.

Mr. Block also assembles the Sunday zoned editorial pages on the paper's pagination system after editors have chosen the contents, and searches the voluminous files of The Sun to choose historical photos for the pictures that run on those pages.

MICHAEL K. BURNS

In 32 years as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and editorial writer for The Sun, Mike Burns has covered a lot of territory. As chief of the paper's Bonn Bureau from 1976-1980, he's covered the Vietnam War, the revolution in Iran, Middle East peace talks, economic summits and South American terrorism.

As The Sun's first environmental reporter, he cultivated a lasting interest in science and nature, reflected in his current editorials about genetics, medicine, global warming and the Chesapeake Bay.

"The health of the Chesapeake Bay remains a paramount concern. The new 10-year plan called the Bay Program was adopted in June, which has brought attention to curbing sprawl development and numerical goals for plan objectives," he says.

His primary responsibilities on the editorial board are covering Carroll County, where he mainly keeps watch over growth and land-use issues.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Burns has studied on fellowships at Stanford University and the University of Montevideo, Uruguay. He was state editor of the Decatur, Ill., Herald and assistant editor of the Bangkok World before coming to Baltimore in 1968.

AMY EDESON

Amy Edeson is the editorial staff's page designer - the first such position in the page's history. She joined the staff last year.

A native of Maryland, she is a 1996 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism and previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

While in California she also worked as assistant editor of the weekly Jewish Press Heritage.

Her job at The Sun is to give the editorial and Opinion*Commentary pages a sharp, distinct look, and to choose appropriate art work or graphics to help "sculpt" those pages.

This frequently involves commissioning local graphics artists to create artwork to illustrate editorials, op-ed articles, and even letters to the editor.

In the coming year, she will play an instrumental role in the planned redesign of the editorial and Opinion*Commentary pages.

RICHARD C. GROSS

Richard Gross has been The Sun's Opinion*Commentary editor since April of last year. He brings an eclectic range of experience as reporter and editor to the job.

During a 23-year relationship with United Press International, he served s foreign correspondent, Pentagon reporter and eventually as foreign editor.

In 1990 he joined the Washington Times as deputy foreign editor. He worked briefly for a financial news service before joining The Sun.

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