Conn. journalist hired as Examiner editor

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Frank J. Keegan, a former editor of the Connecticut Post, has been hired as the editor of the Baltimore Examiner, set to debut in the spring as a free daily newspaper.

Keegan, who could not be reached for comment, was fired from his position at the Post, which is published in Bridgeport, Conn., in mid-April after working there about three years, according to an article in Connecticut's Fairfield County Weekly.

He began working at his new job in Baltimore this week, Jim Monaghan, a spokesman for Denver-based Clarity Media Group, which owns the Examiner, confirmed yesterday.

In October, Clarity Media, owned by billionaire Philip F. Anschutz, announced that residents living in affluent neighborhoods of the Baltimore area would begin receiving a free tabloid newspaper this year.

The Baltimore Examiner will be the third in a chain of free papers - the others are the Washington Examiner and the San Francisco Examiner - that Anschutz plans to expand to dozens of other American cities.

The new paper, which will be published Monday through Saturday, will compete against The Sun, which is published every day.

In the Fairfield County Weekly article, reporter Eric Friedman described Keegan, who had previously worked as editor of the Express-Times in Easton, Pa., as "cantankerous."

"In movies, police sergeants and newspaper editors are always yelling at people," Friedman wrote. "That was Keegan, the classic curmudgeon playing to type."

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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