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Alvin Reid to lead the Argus

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 9, 2009 - Alvin Reid will become the new editor of the St. Louis Argus.

"It's a great opportunity to work for this historic newspaper," Reid said. "It is the oldest African-American owned business in Missouri and is celebrating its 97th anniversary on June 20 with our Distinguished Citizens Luncheon on June 20 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.

"So many great people and journalists have helped the Argus survive for almost a century and I'm honored to follow in their footsteps."

Reid plans to "energize" the venerable newspaper and says that the website will be coming back online soon. He is a St. Louis native who had been with the St. Louis American for 12 years before leaving this February.

Reid's "On the Cardinals" column will continue to appear every Monday in the St. Louis Beacon. And he can be heard on 101 ESPN on weekends.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.