Dave Moller, the most experienced reporter at The Union, has quietly disappeared from the newspaper’s masthead.
Dave had considered relocating to Oregon, as I reported previously. Instead, according to my sources, he has accepted a position to become Editor of the weekly newspaper in Louisiana, Missouri (circ. about 2,500). This buzz has been going around the community for weeks, but I waited until Dave’s name disappeared from The Union’s masthead to report it.
Dave previously has been City Editor of the newspaper in Jefferson, Missouri, and is familiar with the Midwest territory. Louisiana (don’t let the name fool you) is on the banks of the Mississippi, not far from Hannibal and Mark Twain’s fame. It’s a good match for Dave and the paper.
It is sad to lose Dave’s institutional knowledge. It also is sad that there is no mention of his departure in The Union. And it is triple sad that people who also knew about Dave’s departure (as I did) were reluctant to talk about it.
When will people speak up independently? The Internet is changing the way our community communicates and you can’t “put the genie back in the bottle.”
Dave’s departure is a sad loss, but sadder is the way it was (or wasn’t) communicated. With Dave’s departure, Jeff Ackerman (editor/publisher) is the longest “surviving” member of our local newspaper’s newsroom.