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Editor Pat Andrews
According to another website, "Andrews oversees reporters covering breaking news and enterprise and editors responsible for local content that includes coverage of the police beat, schools and courts."
Those are Andrews' official duties.
Unofficially, it appears Andrews has been tasked to oversee the complete and total destruction of what's left of the Herald.
The Herald - under Andrews' "leadership" - was a day and a half late on the story of two bicyclists who were struck by a hit and run driver on the Rickenbacker Causeway last Feb 15.
And, under Andrews' "leadership," the paper completely ignored the story of former Assistant Miami fire Chief Veldora Arthur, who was paid "more than $120,000 to stay home after she’d been federally indicted on mortgage fraud charges."
Yesterday, we learned of another of Andrews' duties.
In addition to occasionally (or not) overseeing breaking news coverage, Andrews has taken on the job as the Herald's "Chief Apologist for Shoddy News Reporting."
Commenting on a Herald story about a photographer arrested covering Occupy Miami, Andrews admitted her paper didn't bother to check on the outcome of the photographer's previous arrests mentioned in the story.
A sidebar to the story said the outcome of the cases "are unknown." This despite the fact that arrest records are available to anyone who has a computer and a minute or two to find them on the website of the Clerk of the Court.
Andrews - in a jaw-dropping admission - told the Poynter Institute's Andrew Beaujon, “We should have said the Miami Herald doesn’t know the outcome of those [arrests.] We had not checked the records to know the outcome of those cases.”
The Miami Herald is scheduled to move into its new building by May 2013. That is, unless Andrews - and incompetent people like her - completely destroy what's left of a once-proud institution.