“Who is the real Dean Singleton?” asked The Columbia Journalism Review in 2003 about the man named by Crain’s Chicago Business as top dog on a company heard as possible buyer of the Sun-Times.
Is he a mass murderer of newspapers, or is he a man whose hardheaded pragmatism has enabled him, in a difficult period for the industry, to preserve many more newspaper jobs than he has eliminated?
S-T business editor Dan Miller is not waiting to find out. He resigned today “before he becomes a casualty of pending staff cuts,” reported Crain’s.
Singleton’s Media News Group is not interested in buying S-T, they told Crain’s.
Among those nailing Singleton for the Columbia review article was former Chi Trib editor James Squires, who called him a “bone-picker publisher . . . who can wring blood from a turnip.”