Editorial Board Editor
I'm a native New Yorker who has finally come around. For me, it's all about sunshine and palm trees, and I've made a commitment to never to never be cold again.
I am the Editorial Board's editor. Got a comment or complaint How can you not? You live in South Florida don't hold back. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Keep it short, sweet and to the point, and you'll have a better chance of seeing your letter in print.
My husband, George, a mosaic artist, and I essentially craft our vacations around art and food, which has been a great way to see a lot of world.
I was born in Washington D.C. and grew up outside of Boston. I started drawing cartoons when I was 7 and later, during my studies at Syracuse University, merged my interest in politics with my cartooning. I started working for SU's student newspaper, the Daily Orange and I was hooked. I came to the Herald in 1978.
While many of my colleagues fret about "finding ideas," I'm overloaded with them thanks to living in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, both a satirist's paradise. These are editorial cartoons. The most important requirement is that the drawing take a point of view, humorous or not. Over the years, I've drawn scathing cartoons of both Democrats and Republicans. All are -- and should be -- considered fair game."
I moved to Miami in 1985 to cover Latin America for a TV network, back when the networks still cared about the region, and spent years living out of a suitcase. I never intended to stay forever, but can't think of a more interesting or more enchanting place to live. I was born in Texas, and my wife, Patricia, and I live in Miami-Dade and have two grown children.
I've been at The Herald since 1999, first as national/foreign editor and, beginning in mid-2003, as deputy editorial page editor. The editorial department consists of three separate parts, plus Jim Morin's cartoon. There's the letters-to-the-editors section, which reflects the belief that everyone's entitled to an opinion. There's the Op-ed, or opposite editorial, page, which reflects the notion that some opinions deserve longer exposition. And there are the editorials, where we offer our institutional opinion based on aggressive reporting and what we believe is best for this community.
Five years ago, we used to get roughly 30 Op-ed offers a day. Nowadays, it's closer to 80 when there's a hot topic in the news. We can put some of these online, but, we have to be more selective both online and in print. Either way, the goal is to offer compelling writing and a variety of points of view. We want to make sure there's something there you want to read every day.
I don't think there's another place in this country where I'd rather live than in South Florida with its year-around perfect weather. I was born and raised in Miami, attended public schools and graduated from Miami Dade Community College. I love to travel, but there's no place like home.
As administrative assistant to the editor I am not a member of the board, but I deal with lots of very important people … you. Mine is the voice you hear when you call the Editorial Board to express your views or voice concerns. You can be sure that your praise or outrage is passed on to, and heard by, the board members.
My husband, Richard Smith, and I have three children. Our oldest, Tiffany, lives in Virginia with her husband, Arling, and son, Myles. Alexander now makes his living in Atlanta. And Christopher, our youngest, is an eleventh-grader at Miami Beach Senior High.