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Tom Linthicum Retiring From Top Chair at The Daily Record

Tom Linthicum, executive editor of The Daily Record since Oct. 2, 2006, will retire at the end of the year. Linthicum, 64, was named vice president a year later.

“It has been a privilege to be part of an excellent news team and an outstanding organization like The Daily Record, and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” Linthicum said. “Now it’s time to start the next chapter in my life.”

During Linthicum’s tenure, The Daily Record won numerous awards for journalistic excellence while enhancing its online products and services. In 2007, the newspaper was honored by the National Newspaper Association as the best publication of its size in the country.

In 2011 and 2012, The Daily Record was named the best news organization in The Dolan Company, the Minneapolis-based firm that owns this newspaper and other publications in 19 markets throughout the United States. The award recognizes achievement in print and online journalism, social media and marketing.

Linthicum remains an adjunct instructor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a member of the board of directors of the MDDC Press Foundation.

Linthicum and his wife, Dorothy, an instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., will spend next year teaching at the College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown, South Africa.

“Tom has been spectacular at The Daily Record and we’re going to miss him immensely,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “From his first day here he has set a newsroom standard for our publications and shaped our news coverage and our focus, in print and online, in ways that will continue in the future.”

Fischer-Huettner said she has begun a national search for a successor to Linthicum.

“The search will be difficult; the candidates have big shoes to fill,” she said. “We must find the right person to carry on Tom’s tremendous efforts and continue our history of great journalism in print and online.”

Linthicum began his journalism career in 1970 as a reporter with The Atlanta Constitution. He was a reporter, editor and business executive at The Baltimore Sun from 1974 until 2001, when he left to start a media consulting firm, TDL Group Inc.

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