Remembering Roy Malone

If you got a tip that state police were fixing tickets for big shots and political figures, how would you check it out? In 1980, I worked on just such a story with Roy Malone, my friend and former colleague at the AP and then the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I didn’t do much work on…

Are Social Media Accounts Public Records?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A court case may be needed to determine whether Missouri’s Open Records Law applies to public officials’ social media accounts. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley wrote a letter in February concluding that the office of Gov. Eric Greitens is not required to turn over records from his Facebook and Twitter accounts.…

The Tribune’s “Tragedy”

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Eighteen months after GateHouse Media bought the family-owned Columbia Daily Tribune, the staff has been slashed, readers are frustrated and circulation has plunged. No doubt daily newspapers have retrenched within the last 10 years in the face of market challenges. But the Tribune has been bled dry to achieve financial results. As…

Mission to measure threats to press freedom

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Public information is so hard to come by from the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, that journalists must file written requests under the state’s Open Records law for even the most routine of government facts. Even then, the information is often not forthcoming because of the lack of enforcement of the…

McCaskill’s town hall pitch for media literacy

by Terry Ganey TIPTON, Mo.—Sen. Claire McCaskill held 10 town hall meetings across Missouri last week, fielding hundreds of questions about issues like health care, sanctions against Russia, and the sharing of voters’ information. But it was at a forum in Tipton, a small town in the middle of the state, where McCaskill was asked…

Three veteran journalists depart PD

by Terry Ganey There was a poignant departure ceremony earlier this week on the fifth floor of the building at 900 N. Tucker Blvd, the headquarters of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Newsroom colleagues shared stories about three veteran reporters – Tim O’Neil, Jim Gallagher and Tim Bryant – who were among six journalists taking advantage…

Greitens plays hide-and-seek with press

by Terry Ganey JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — There’s a game of hide and seek underway in Missouri’s state capital. The new governor, Republican Eric Greitens, is doing the hiding. The state capital press corps is doing the seeking. So far, Greitens is winning. A former Navy SEAL with no experience in government and no penchant…

Still a TV news junkie

By TERRY GANEY / On Aug. 9, 2014, as the streets of Ferguson, Mo. erupted in protests following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, one of the first television reporters on the scene was Betsey Bruce of KTVI, Channel 2.