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A. James Memmott
Jim Memmott is a veteran of 27 years in journalism in Rochester, N.Y., where he was a reporter, city editor and managing editor at the Times-Union and managing editor, senior editor and columnist at the Democrat and Chronicle before retiring in July. He continues to write a regular column for the Democrat & Chronicle. He also teaches journalism in the English Department at the University of Rochester and lives in Geneseo, N.Y.

Recent posts by A. James Memmott:

People looking to diversify their stock portfolios probably don’t go to Charlie Sheen for advice.

A large hole in the resume of Cathleen P. Black, whose recent three-month stint as chancellor of New York City public schools was marked by controversy, was that all of her education had been in private schools.

Home run king Barry Bonds went on trial Monday for perjury. Cue the sports analogies.

Having had what he calls “two dream jobs” (drama critic and op-ed columnist) at The New York Times, Frank Rich is jumping ship for New York magazine.

The settlement in 2008 of former publisher Judith Regan’s $100 million lawsuit against News Corp. and other parties left several unanswered questions.

By now most Americans know that Twitter and Facebook helped fuel the successful demonstrations in Egypt.

Eminem got behind the wheel to drive home a highly rated Super Bowl ad for the Chrysler 200, but it doesn’t look like the rapper’s becoming the face of the brand.

John A. Paulson’s investments in gold, banks, U.S. Treasury bonds and commodities were spectacularly successful in 2010.

Egypt’s government would seem to have friends in short supply at home - given the huge protests there.

In a departure from tradition Tuesday, there were two rebuttals to the State of the Union Address.

Surprise, surprise. A Jan. 8 essay in the Wall Street Journal headlined “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” managed to prompt a response.

Jared Lee Loughner had an experienced capital-defense attorney at his side when he made his first court appearance in Arizona Monday.

It looks as if the Coen brothers, those cinematic bad boys, are going all mainstream on us.

Ronald A. Klain, a Washington insider’s insider who was once played by Kevin Spacey in an HBO movie, is leaving government again.

Could there be a Jeb Bush boom?

Lanny J. Davis, the former White House special counsel for Bill Clinton during the days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, is no stranger to damage control.

The Mark Hurd saga continues

By A. James Memmott  |  December 22, 2010

One of the big business stories of 2010 may run well into 2011.

The obituaries of Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. diplomat who died on Dec. 13 at age 69, emphasized that he could be, well, difficult, as he knocked heads while trying to end wars.

But the send-offs and first-person tributes also made clear that while diplomats may have found Holbrooke to be insufferable at times, reporters liked him.

“He had wanted to be a journalist, thought like one, loved their company and their gossip, and also loved knowing a little more because he was on the inside,” George Packer wrote in a blog for the New Yorker.

“He would tell you how to write the lede to your story - even your story about him - what you needed and what was inessential. It was annoying to realize how often he was right.”

A conflict-of-interest debate simmering since this summer heated up last week when U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson of Virginia ruled a key part of the new health care reform law unconstitutional.

Martin London may be remembered, at least for a while, as the man who discovered the body Saturday of Bernard L. Madoff’s son Mark, the victim of an apparent suicide.


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