May 29, 2015 Last Updated 8:49 am

Rusbridger ends 20 year run as editor of the Guardian today; Hastert indictment story leads

Rusbridger leaves his post as editor with the Guardian positioned as a major voice in U.S. journalism, a digital leader, and with a reputation for fearless reporting

Today marks the last day Alan Rusbridger will serve as editor of The Guardian newspaper, a paper that has made incredible headway into the U.S. market via its website. Rusbridger will be succeeded in his postion by Katharine Viner, winning the post through election by the staff of the Guardian and Observer.

Rusbridger-280Rusbridger joined the Guardian as a reporter and later served as features editor. In 1995 Rusbridger was appointed editor by The Scott Trust, the organization that owns the Guardian Media Group, following a vote of the National Union of Journalists members.

During Rusbridger’s 20 years at the helm, the Guardian’s print circulation has fallen by more than half, along with its competitors, but on the web the paper has successfully grown its audience worldwide – and finally, after several attempts, successfully grown its U.S. audience.

The UK’s PressGazette has a nice summary for Rusbridger’s career as well as reaction from collegues.

Ill-papersThey say that it’s sometimes not the crime that will get you, but the cover-up. Richard Nixon being the most obvious example.

The news that former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted by federal grand jury has Washington in a tizzy and back home in Illinois, has area newspaper scrambling for more information.

Hastert, like many other politicians who end their run in office, went into lobbying Congress, but otherwise has been out of the news since his retirement from Congress in 2007. But suddenly Hastert is front page news again.

Yet we really don’t know the full story. Hastert has been accused of attempting to hide payoffs he has been making to keep someone quiet. Making nearly a million dollars in bank withdrawals, each just below the $10,000 level that would require the bank to report the withdrawal. According to prosecutors, Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A.” What exactly that misconduct is was not precisely spelled out, but the “prior misconduct” may have occurred many years prior to his Congressional career as prosecutors said his time at Yorkville High School was central to the case.

For more on Hastert, this piece works very well.

The Commerce Department this morning reported that the U.S. economy shrank 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, possibly killing off the idea that the Fed will be raising interest rates in the summer as it had been expected. Harsh weather and a growing trade deficit received much of the blame.

The news drove down stocks in pre-market trading.

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