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The Post-Gazette Editorial Board determines the viewpoint of the newspaper as an institution and as a longstanding community leader in Western Pennsylvania. Its opinions are expressed in editorials, the unsigned commentaries that appear on the Web site and down the left side of the printed editorial page.
Although written by individuals, the editorials carry no bylines because they represent the consensus of the group on key public policy issues, candidates seeking election and major events of the day. The board meets daily to choose the subjects for comment and to discuss the positions the Post-Gazette should take.
The members of the editorial board are: John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief; Tom Waseleski, editorial page editor; Reg Henry, deputy editorial page editor; and associate editors Susan Mannella, Tony Norman and Dan Simpson.
John Robinson Block is publisher and editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.
A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Block has been in journalism over three decades.
Tom Waseleski has been the editorial page editor of the Post-Gazette since 2003.
He joined the newspaper in 1983 as a roving reporter for the state staff, writing stories about the people, politics and government of Pennsylvania. Two years later, he became state editor and was responsible for general coverage of the state. In that role he supervised the Post-Gazette bureaus in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., and oversaw The Pennsylvania Poll, the newspaper's public opinion research analysis.
Waseleski was named associate editor in 1990, beginning work as an editorial writer and member of the editorial board. He has received numerous regional, state and national journalism awards.
For 10 years he was the Post-Gazette's co-producer on two weekly public affairs shows, "The Editors" at WQED-TV and "KD/PG Sunday Edition" at KDKA-TV. Prior to the Post-Gazette, he was a features writer, editorial writer and special-projects reporter at the Beaver County Times.
Waseleski is active in the National Conference of Editorial Writers, where he is an officer, board member and a former convention chair. He is a former president of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and a former Pittsburgh chapter president of the Society of Professional Journalists.
He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in English Writing. Waseleski grew up in Elizabeth Township and is an alumnus of Serra High School in McKeesport. He, his wife and son live in Sewickley Hills.
Reg Henry is the deputy editorial page editor of the Post-Gazette. He joined the Post-Gazette in 1978 as a copy editor and later was an associate editor who wrote editorials, and then city editor. He was also one of the earliest writers of the Saturday Diary, and for a time wrote a weekly humor column called "Oh Henry."
He left in 1988 to become the editor of The Monterey County (Calif.) Herald, which was then owned by the Post-Gazette's parent company. A year after The Herald was sold to Scripps Howard, he returned to Pittsburgh, in 1994, as the PG's special projects editor and later rejoined the editorial page.
Born in 1948 in Singapore, where his father managed the Reuters news agency, Reg moved to Australia as a small boy and grew up in Brisbane. He began his newspaper career at the Brisbane Courier-Mail, a period which was interrupted by service in Vietnam with the Australian Army. He moved to Britain in 1973, where he had also lived briefly as a child, and worked for a small weekly before joining The Times of London on the sports desk.
Reg lives in Sewickley with his wife. They have two grown-up children.
Susan Mannella was appointed to the Post-Gazette editorial board in 2007 after a career in writing and editing news.
She joined the newspaper as a general assignment reporter and over a 12-year period covered education, legal affairs and local and state government.
In 1988, she made the switch to editing. For 13 years, she was in charge of the city desk's evening staff of reporters and editors. In 2001, she was named assistant managing editor for local news, concentrating on government, politics and the paper's bureaus in city hall, the state capital and Washington, D.C.
She is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
Tony Norman began outraging newspaper readers as far back as the mid-1980s when he was a cartoonist and culture reporter for the Calvin College Chimes.
In 1988, Norman snuck in the back door of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a news assistant. His stint as a clerk mysteriously turned into a full-time assignment as the PG's pop music/pop culture critic a year and a half later.
In 1996, Norman became a columnist. In 1999, he joined the Post-Gazette's editorial board where he does his best to vindicate the "Peter Principle" every day.
In 2005, Norman took a year off to pursue a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. After his sabbatical, Norman became even more insufferable. His twice-a-week column is proof that some things never change.
Dan Simpson retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after 35 years of assignments to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including as U.S. ambassador to the Central African Republic, ambassador and special envoy to Somalia, and ambasssador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has been associate editor and member of the editorial board of the Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade since 2001.
He and his wife have six children and four grandchildren.
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Despite being born in Philadelphia and spending ten years in Oklahoma (through no fault of his own), Rob Rogers considers himself a true Pittsburgher. His work has become a staple of Pittsburgh culture while receiving national play.
After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a master's degree in fine arts, Rogers was hired in 1984 as staff cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Press. He joined the Post-Gazette in 1993, after it bought the Press.
Rogers' editorial cartoons cover national and international issues. He also lampoons local topics, particularly in his weekly feature "Brewed on Grant." Syndicated by United Feature Syndicate, his work regularly appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Newsweek. Rogers' cartoon "The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas" was the cover for Newsweek's 1994 year-end issue.
His work received the 2000 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 1995 National Headliner Award. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won 12 Golden Quill Awards.
Rob Rogers is a national advocate for the profession of editorial cartooning. An active member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, he served as president in 2006-07. He has hosted two national AAEC conventions, the 2003 event in Pittsburgh and the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, D.C., in 2007.
He regularly speaks to public audiences and school groups about his work and his creative process. Rogers has also curated two national cartoon exhibitions, "Too Hot to Handle: Creating Controversy through Political Cartoons" at The Andy Warhol Museum and "Bush Leaguers: Cartoonists Take on the White House" at the American University Museum.
He lives in Lawrenceville.
John Allison joined the Post-Gazette in 1994 as editor of the Sunday Forum and daily Perspectives sections. He now edits "The Next Page" in Sunday Forum and also the Books page.
A Pittsburgh native, he attended Fox Chapel Area High School and graduated from Penn State in 1983. His career began at The Washington Post, where he was an editorial assistant in the book review section. Moving to New York, he became an editor and writer at American Bookseller, a national trade magazine. Living in Prague in the early 1990s, he was editor of Prognosis, an English-language newspaper.
He lives on the North Side with his wife and two daughters.
Alice Rowley is the editorial page copy editor and letters editor. She joined the Post-Gazette in December 1997. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Penn State, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and a law degree from Duquesne University.
Prior to joining the Post-Gazette, she worked for UPMC Health System as a writer and editor in the public relations department and for the Altoona Mirror as a reporter, copy editor and editorial writer. A native of Altoona, she is married and has two children and two stepchildren.
Greg Victor has been with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since November 1997, serving as international editor, nation/world editor and investigations editor before being named in October 2006 as Oped/Forum editor.
Victor graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1978 and went on to work with Gannett newspapers for 10 years in Rochester, N.Y., and Bridgewater, N.J., as a reporter, editorial writer and editorial page editor. He moved into international journalism after receiving a Gannett Foundation Asian Studies fellowship at the University of Hawaii for the 1988-89 academic year, after which he covered the democracy movement and Tiananmen Square crackdown in China for his newspaper and Gannett.
In 1992, he earned a Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University and stayed on in New York for two years to serve as publications director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization. His last stop before Pittsburgh was Bangkok, Thailand, where he and his wife were posted as Asia international affairs representatives for the American Friends Service Committee, positions which encompassed writing about Asian affairs and conducting "second-track" diplomacy on behalf of the Quakers.
First Published June 19, 2008 12:00 am