Until two weeks ago, Apple says, Frank was creative director and deputy managing editor at Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Apple likes Frank, and is mystified by the Florida daily's decision to lay him off.
[Updated at 3:42 p.m. ET.] Frank is now the third
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Tracy Collins has been named director of the Phoenix design studio.
Tracy will bring his vast creative and management experience to the papers served by the Phoenix studio, and I'm confident that the quality and sophistication of our newspapers will be enhanced by his leadership.
As you all know, Tracy is a nationally known visual journalist. He has been actively involved with the Society of News Design for many years and has worked with scores of designers and graphic artists to win many national awards.
Tracy came to Phoenix in 2001 and has worked in almost all areas of the newsroom -- sports, news/enterprise planning, and coordination with KPNX, in addition to his leadership of our design, photo and copy desks. Tracy led a full redesign of The Arizona Republic in 2006, and has worked with other Gannett newspapers to improve their visual storytelling.
Tracy will assume his new role May 1, when the Phoenix design studio is officially launched. In the coming months we'll review the myriad roles and responsibilities that Tracy oversees to determine how the Republic operation is impacted by his promotion.
After the new year, we'll move forward with the next step in creation of our design studio -- interviewing and filling the role of creative director.
Please join me in congratulating Tracy.
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