John Yemma named Monitor editor
After 20 years serving in senior editing posts at the Boston Globe, Yemma is rejoining the Monitor staff in mid-July.
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Yemma addressed journalism industry upheaval. "Every news organization is changing," he said. "The important thing is not how news is delivered but that it reaches people where they are. Every editor's mission must be the preservation of thoughtful, truthful journalism, which is essential to the thriving of a free society and a healthy planet."
While formats and delivery methods may change, Yemma reaffirmed the Monitor's commitment to unselfish service through daily journalism, a mission set forth by Mary Baker Eddy when she launched her newspaper in November 1908.
Mrs. Eddy "founded the Monitor during the era of 'yellow journalism,' when objectivity, accuracy, and fairness were in short supply. Now, at a time when news organizations are struggling to establish a sustainable economic base, the Monitor's role is more crucial than ever in providing careful reporting, compassionate analysis, and a clear-eyed view of the world," he said.
In announcing the changes in Monitor management, Trammell lauded outgoing editor Bergenheim. "It would be hard to overestimate Richard's contribution as editor over the past three years," Trammell said. She noted his "spiritual poise and tireless vigilance" in 2006 when Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Baghdad and held as a hostage until her release 82 days later. During Bergenheim's tour the Monitor also installed a new production system and significantly expanded the content of csmonitor.com
Last week, Bergenheim was named President of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. The church position carries a one-year term. In his new role, Bergenheim plans to travel widely, meeting with Christian Science teachers, practitioners, and church members in several countries, in support of the Monitor, as well as the other church periodicals. From 1988 to 1994, Bergenheim was a member of The Christian Science Board of Directors. He is a long time practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing.
The Monitor's new editor is a 1974 graduate of the University of Texas and has been honored repeatedly by his journalistic peers. In 1999, Yemma and Globe reporter Daniel Golden teamed up to win a Headliner's Award for their critical examination of Harvard University. Yemma was editor of the 1999 Polk Award-winning Globe series on abuse of mental patients by medical researchers. In 1994 he was a Reuter fellow at Oxford University. During 2008, he has been a Sulzberger fellow at Columbia University.
"Journalism should reflect the variety of life – not just the deep and troubling problems but also the triumphs and breakthroughs," Yemma said.
He is married to Robin Jareaux and lives on Boston's South Shore.