Suprynowicz, who has written three books and is working on a fourth, was told to clear out his desk one night and never to return. Over the years Suprynowicz won numerous writing awards for the paper, including Editorial of the Year in 2010 from the Nevada Press Association.
His replacement is also an award-winner, but not in editorial writing. Patrick Everson is a 19-year R-J veteran sports copy editor, who largely wrote the occasional sports story about marathons and running. His LinkedIn page mentions NPA awards for sports writing in 2006 and 1998.
What his political philosophy or party registration is, I haven’t clue, and I doubt that matters to the current management. Though Everson and I have talked many times, I can’t recall ever discussing political issues or editorial stances. He is a fine copy editor and I will make no disparaging remarks about his skills or potential. I wish him luck and hope he has his survival skills well honed.
Though I’m sure the paper ran a proper mugshot of Everson when he won that award in 2006, their archives are so incredibly screwed up that a search turns up no hint of the story.
This is Everson’s mug from his twitter account:
Perhaps Everson will heed the advice I gave to R-J staffers nearly a year ago about keeping your head down.