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Times editor Gorham retires for medical reasons

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Bob Ludwig, publisher of The Huntsville Times, will assume the additional duties of editor as Melinda Gorham takes early retirement for medical reasons.

Ludwig also named Curtis Coghlan managing editor of the paper, in charge of day-to-day operations of the newsroom.

The changes were announced by the newspaper in a story Monday.

Gorham, 49, became the first female editor of The Times in 2002 after serving eight years as managing editor. She joined the Times in 1980 as Jackson County bureau chief.

"I'm thankful for all the adventures and lessons these years with The Times have provided me," Gorham said. "I loved reporting, interviewing and writing so much, I never thought I would be in management. But eventually being chosen The Times' editor was such an honor. There was nothing quite as satisfying as directing the talented people in the newsroom in covering Huntsville and North Alabama — my home and my heart."

Ludwig said Gorham guided the paper through its conversion from afternoon to morning publication and design change.

"Her newsroom was recognized by the Alabama Press Association as its General Excellence award winner this year," he said.

"Unfortunately, her more than 27 years at the newspaper are concluding because of health issues that she must deal with full time. We offer our prayers and support for a full recovery."

The paper did not reveal the nature of Gorham's condition.

Ludwig, 59, became The Times' publisher in 1994 after holding reporting, editing and executive posts at newspapers in Colorado and Michigan.

Coghlan, 51, a veteran journalist from Mississippi, came to The Times in 2003 as Gorham's top assistant with the title of metro editor, which replaced the title of managing editor.

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Information from: The Huntsville Times, www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

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