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Major Reorganization at The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star is dismantling the business desk and reorganizing its newsroom; the changes will take effect July 27, and accompany a digitally focused redesign. The reorganization will eliminate the managing editor position and Greg Farmer, as metro editor, will be the top editor in the newsroom under editor Mike Fannin. Farmer has been the senior assistant managing editor at the paper since September 2011, after joining in 1997 as an assistant managing editor.

With the closing of the business desk, the staffers will move to various areas, mainly the Metro section. Keith Chrostowski, who serves as assistant managing editor for business, will lead a Metro news team as business editor, including business reporters Diane Stafford and Mark Davis. Chrostowski has been with the paper since 1975. He became news editor in 2007 before taking on the assistant managing editor role in 2009. Stafford has served as a business reporter and columnist since 1995. She had also served as the city editor. As for Davis, he has been writing about business and economics since joining the paper in 1987.

Also moving to Metro are Steve Rosen, Donna McGuire, and Greg Hack. Rosen has served as deputy business editor, also writing a personal finance column for the paper. McGuire has served as the assistant city editor since 2004. Hack will join the team as a trouble shooting news team assistant. He has been serving as the assistant business editor.

Moving to the features desk is Joyce Smith. Smith has been covering local restaurants and retail. Upon her arrival, Ed Eveld will exit to cover the Kansas statehouse. Follow The Kansas City Star on Twitter and Facebook for more from the paper that’s been breaking Kansas City news since 1880.

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