McDermott Named to Head Booth News Service
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ Larry A. McDermott, a general executive with The Associated Press, has been named editor of Booth News Service and head of the newspaper group’s Lansing bureau, Booth President Werner Veit said today.
McDermott, 40, was chief of bureau for the AP in Michigan from 1984 until August 1987 and was correspondent in AP’s Lansing bureau from 1976-78. He also served as an AP bureau chief in Little Rock and Minneapolis.
As Booth editor, McDermott will coordinate statewide coverage of the eight Booth newspapers in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Bay City, Saginaw, Flint, Ann Arbor, Jackson and Kalamazoo, as well as Booth’s bureaus in Lansing and Detroit. Booth is part of the Newhouse Newspaper group, which has 25 other dailies.
″With the appointment of McDermott, readers of our papers should see an enhanced package of Michigan news with a more comprehensive statewide effort,″ Veit said. ″We are Michigan papers and Larry will help us greatly to cover our home state better than anyone else.″
McDermott, an 18-year veteran of AP, most recently was in its New York headquarters working in corporate communications, strategic planning and special projects.
He succeeds Ed Petykiewicz, who earlier this week was named editor of The Ann Arbor News.