Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hires editor to lead its breaking news team

“For a newspaper that used to pride itself on diversity, there is some very troubling news this morning from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newsroom — and many of the women in the trenches are upset by it,” writes a Romenesko reader. “A new editor on the news side has been named, and once again it is white male. That means there still are NO WOMEN editors helping to determine news content at the paper.”

Here’s the memo that went out this morning:

We are pleased to announce that David Paulsen will be joining us next week as Breaking News Editor.

David Paulsen

David Paulsen (via LinkedIn)

For the last five years David has run the evening and overnight operation at in New York. At Fox he was in charge of a team very much like our Newshub, shaping its urgent response to national and international breaking news. He had responsibilities over story assigning and editing as well as production and news placement on the site.

Prior to his time at Fox, he was a reporter and editor at the Wausau Daily Herald and a reporter at the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal.

David, his wife Liz and their three boys (all under the age of 4) will be moving to the Milwaukee area in June. David plans to start here on May 20.

My emailer continues: “Many other people — male and female — are talking among themselves because this guy is from Fox News. Most of us can’t figure out why a guy who doesn’t work for a legitimate news organization would be hired as Breaking News Editor. Many of us fear Paulsen’s hiring is a further sign of the newspaper’s pandering to the right. It endorsed Scott Walker repeatedly and has treated Paul Ryan as a Golden Boy. But that’s another issue entirely.

“Please respect my request to remain anonymous. Not long ago a memo went out that we were not to communicate with Romenesko.” (Others in that newsroom, where I started my newspaper career, have told me about the edict.)

Any other Journal Sentinel staffers (editors included, of course) care to comment? Post your thoughts or email me.