Dear Cincy Enquirer: Have you tried interviewing your publisher?

A journalist from Ohio writes: “Interesting that University of Cincinnati president unexpectedly resigns, with no real explanation, while The [Cincinnati] Enquirer’s publisher sits on the school’s board of trustees and could provide light on the situation.

“She either was not approached for comment by her own paper or declined to comment. We don’t know which. The story only simply states she is on the board.”

I’ve asked Enquirer publisher Margaret Buchanan and editor Carolyn Washburn about the newspaper exec’s two roles.

UPDATE: Washburn writes in an email:

Margaret is a university trustee (as publishers have been for decades). We note her connection in almost every story we do about the university.

None of the trustees — including Margaret — the governor’s office, chancellor or others we spoke with knew why he resigned. As we said in the story, he arrived at the trustee meeting and announced he was resigning effective immediately. The chairman of the board of trustees said he did not know the reason and wanted to respect President Williams’ privacy. We are continuing to report, of course.

* President’s resignation stuns University of Cincinnati (
* Publisher poses significant conflict of interest in paper’s reporting (Gannett Blog)