Veteran Investigative Journalist Allen Pusey Named E&P of the ABA Journal
Posted Oct 31, 2011 12:34 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough
Veteran investigative reporter and editor Allen Pusey has been named editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, the flagship publication of the ABA and the world's most widely circulated legal periodical.
The appointment, announced to staff late Thursday, is a promotion for Pusey, who joined the ABA Journal as managing editor in 2007. He replaces Edward A. Adams, who left the Journal in May for other opportunities.
In addition to overseeing the editorial and business operations of the magazine, Pusey will oversee the Journal's email publications and website. The electronic publications are distributed to more than 400,000 readers each week, and the magazine is circulated to all ABA members.
"The ABA Journal is an extraordinary publication with a very unique place in legal journalism," Pusey said. "We have a terrific staff who have fascinating stories to tell about the people and issues that shape the law in these very interesting times. Whether it’s online or in the monthly magazine, my job is to find new ways to help them continue to do so."
Before joining the ABA, Pusey worked 26 years for the Dallas Morning News as an investigative reporter, feature writer, special projects editor and U.S. Supreme Court correspondent. His work has appeared in Time, Texas Monthly, the Texas Observer, the New York Times Magazine and Maclean's. While covering the Supreme Court, Pusey appeared as an occasional commentator on the court for C-SPAN.
In one signature project, Pusey worked on a study of 14,000 Dallas County jurors and a survey of federal judges regarding their attitudes about the jury system. And he is generally credited as one of the first reporters to uncover the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s.
Pusey, who will be part of the ABA's senior management team, also served for 19 years as a board member of the Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit Center for Public Integrity and is an avid baseball fan.
Pusey attended Davidson College before joining the U.S. Army and serving in Vietnam. He later graduated from the University of Texas-Dallas with a degree in sociology.
In addition to the ABA Journal post, it was announced that Robert Rupp was named director of ABA Publishing, also replacing Adams. Rupp had been serving as acting director of publishing and Pusey as acting editor before the formal promotions.
Rew R. Goodenow, chair of the ABA Journal Board of Editors, said Pusey "combines the unique qualities of having journalism experience gained in top positions with mainstream media, working experience with the ABA Journal and ABA management experience, having served for the past 5 months as the acting editor."
"Our entire editorial board strongly supported Allen’s recommendation by our executive search committee," he added.
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