Monday, December 14, 2015

UPDATED: Strickland Picks CA Reporter Veazey for His Team

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Kyle Veazy moderated a political debate earlier this year. - JACKSON BAKER
  • Jackson Baker
  • Kyle Veazy moderated a political debate earlier this year.

Kyle Veazey, The Commercial Appeal’s lead political reporter, has left the paper for a job in the administration of Memphis Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland.

The paper broke the news Monday morning with a brief story noting that Veazey’s resignation was effective immediately and that his popular politics column, “First Word,” was suspended.

Veazey will join former WMC-TV anchor Ursula Madden in Strickland’s communication office.

Strickland defeated incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in this year’s election, in which Veazey covered for the paper.

Strickland’s transition team is set to give their recommendations to him during a public meeting Wednesday.

Strickland’s team is also set to announce a “significant staff announcement” today at 1 p.m. At Christian Brothers University. His team said the announcement is not about Veazey.

UPDATE:

Strickland was asked to comment on the perception that hiring Veazey raised questions about Veazey's objectivity during the mayoral election.

Here's what Strickland said:

"The only thing I could comment is…my wife, last night when I told her about this hire, she said, ‘Well I didn’t really like what (Veazey) wrote about you.'

"So, you know, I’ll let anybody come to their own conclusions about what they see. I thought all the media - print and TV - was fair during the campaign."

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