Kim Bates named managing editor at The Blade

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John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, announced Wednesday that Kim Bates, assistant managing editor, has been promoted to managing editor, succeeding Dave Murray who is retiring.

“Dave Murray has energized Blade journalism for 40 years. He made such a difference I could tell if he was working or away by looking at the paper,’’ Block said. “We’re lucky to have in Kim Bates another strong and effective editor to carry on Dave’s leadership.”

Bates, 50, assistant managing editor at The Blade since 2017, has overseen newsroom hiring and several aspects of day-to-day news operations.

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