Post-Dispatch Editor Calls Maples "A Tremendous Partner," Laments His Deputy's Departure

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Following up on yesterday's post containing departing managing editor Pam Maples' farewell e-mail to her St. Louis Post-Dispatch staffers...

Executive editor Arnie Robbins' internal memo announcing Maples' sudden resignation late Friday appears after the jump.

Robbins says in the long note, "To say that I will miss her is an understatement."

Robbins also says he will not replace Maples.

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With reluctance, I have accepted the resignation of Managing Editor Pam Maples.

Pam has worked here nearly three years. She has made her mark in this newsroom by lifting our journalism both in print and online. She has played pivotal roles in, well, most everything we have done, but especially coverage surrounding the tragedy in Kirkwood last year that received so much recognition, including being a Pulitzer finalist; the political conventions last summer that moved us forward so smartly in the digital world; and coverage of the All-Star Game that was so informative, so creative and worked so well for readers and viewers that it broke a slew of STLtoday page-view records. These diverse success stories show how well Pam worked not only in the newsroom but in other divisions of the company. And how passionate she is about journalistic excellence and innovation both in print and online.

She particularly had an impact as we continued to raise the bar on our enterprise and investigative reporting. Think "Free to Flee", A-B being sold, the towing scandal, and more. Pam, of course, served as a Pulitzer Prize judge the past two years, and this year was chair of the investigative reporting jury.

Pam has been a tremendous partner - in good times and in the trying times of this economy. To say that I will miss her is an understatement.

But I'm happy to report that Pam has agreed to do some projects for us over the next couple of months. We are still firming up many of the details, but she likely will do some research on paid online models around the country, our ethics policy as it relates to social media, and more. Pam hopes to do some similar work for other organizations as well.

We will, of course, hold some sort of food fest in her honor. Details to come but I am sure it will involve cake, sugar and more.

Pam's last day in the office will be Tuesday, Aug. 18. I do not plan on replacing her.

Please join me in thanking her for everything she has done and in wishing her the best. (Pam's note is below.).

 Arnie

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