Sun promotes State House journalist

March 11, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

David Nitkin, whose reporting as The Sun's State House bureau chief made him the target of a ban by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., was named yesterday the paper's state political editor.

In announcing the promotion, Sun editor Timothy A. Franklin said it was not related to the governor's order from last fall that bans state employees from speaking with Nitkin and columnist Michael Olesker. Nitkin has said the order has made his job more difficult, as regular sources no longer speak to him.

But in a note to the newsroom staff, Franklin wrote, "Frankly, that was not our concern in making this decision. Our motivation was to do the best thing for our readers and the newspaper, while recognizing that David has rightfully earned a larger role at the paper."

Franklin also said The Sun plans to appeal a federal judge's decision last month to dismiss a lawsuit the paper filed against the governor over the ban. Franklin said he expects to file an appeal with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond next week.

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