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Top 3 supporting editors appointed

Justin Tardiff | Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Ken Fowler, Kyle Cassily and Mary Kate Malone have been hired to oversee The Observer’s editorial operations in 2007-08, incoming editor in chief Maddie Hanna announced Tuesday.

Hanna also said business manager Jim Kirihara will be retained at his current position for the rest of the semester.

Fowler will serve as managing editor, while Cassily and Malone will serve as assistant managing editors. Fowler and Cassily will take over on March 19, while Malone – who is studying in London for the spring semester – will step into the role this fall.

As managing editor, Fowler will be responsible for assisting Hanna in supervising The Observer’s editorial departments. He also plans to focus on improving the depth of reporting, the quality of writing and the efficiency of production in the office through better use of available technology.

“The Observer has been the dominant part of my college life, and I’m excited for a new challenge in a new position,” said Fowler, the paper’s current sports editor.

Cassily, who has worked as a sports writer since freshman year and copy editor since October 2006, will work on improving writing and updating The Observer’s Web operations.

“I feel honored to have been given the chance to continue and improve upon the standard already set by The Observer,” Cassily said.

Malone, who was news editor from March 2006 through December, will also work to improve writing and help oversee the daily operations of the newspaper.

“I look forward to the opportunity to help lead The Observer,” Malone said.

Fowler, a junior political science major and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy minor, began working at The Observer as a sports reporter his freshman year. He has covered a wide variety of beats, including football, Notre Dame women’s soccer, Notre Dame women’s basketball, Saint Mary’s basketball, fencing, baseball, men’s golf and Saint Mary’s cross country.

Fowler is from Long Beach, N.Y., and he lives in Siegfried Hall.

Cassily joined The Observer as an Interhall writer in fall 2004. He has since covered the hockey, baseball and women’s volleyball beats.

Cassily, a junior history major and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy minor, is originally from Rochester, N.H. He lives in Siegfried Hall.

Malone started at The Observer as a news writer in fall 2004. Since then, she has reported on the academic freedom-Catholic character debate, the administration’s use of Facebook, the controversy surrounding the dome regilding and student government.

Malone, who is a junior American Studies major and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy minor from Columbus, Ohio, lived in Farley Hall through last semester.