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2-27-09

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEARNE JOINS LANDMARK

by Ivan Foley
Landmark publisher

The Star’s loss is a gain for The Landmark and its readers.

Hearne Christopher, Jr., who for years wrote a popular column for the Kansas City Star before being let go in one of the Star’s rounds of cost-cutting measures, begins this week as a contributing columnist in The Landmark. His weekly column will cover news and information with an edge, touching on everything from local entertainment to local politics, from local celebrities to business and nightlife.

His initial Landmark column appears on page A-4. His topic this week is his former employer, with an extensive interview with former Star publisher Art Brisbane. His column is entitled KC Confidential and will bring a unique appeal to the pages of The Landmark.

Christopher is also launching an online version of his column at a new website.

“I have assembled a collection of local heavy hitters such as artist Peregrine Honig, theater bon vivant Ron Megee and former Landmark sports scribe Greg Hall,” Christopher said, adding the web site launch is set for this week, just as this issue of The Landmark is hitting the streets.

Christopher is a lifelong Kansas Citian who attended the University of Arizona in Tucson studying English and history, with a lone nod toward journalism coming in the form of a photojournalism class.

He spent the past 16 years at the Star writing what was either the highest read column in that paper or in a photo finish with the column of Jason Whitlock for that title.

Prior to his time at the Star, Christopher served as executive editor of the Pitch, piloting it, he says, “from a teenage nightmare pop culture monthly to a full blown arts, entertainment and alternatives newspaper.”

He left the Pitch in 1992 for the Star.

Before his time at the Pitch, Christopher promoted concerts and events, mostly alternative rock bands but also including promoting Jay Leno at the Music Hall. He also spent time in the family business B.C. Christopher as a cash grain merchandiser and NYSE stock broker.

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