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News reporter makes Olympics pitch

Excerpts from Sunday's (Sep. 27) Chicago Tribune, Section 1, Page 3:

How desperate would Chicago 2016 be if a reporter -- not President Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey -- had to close the deal with the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen?

Such a predicament arose when Chicago bid for the 1952 Olympics, an effort that would unravel in spectacular fashion.

...no one on the bid team showed up.

Desperate, the bid team tapped William Fulton, the Tribune's London correspondent. (Talk about versatile -- Fulton made the pitch, then wrote the next day's story about it). The Chicago Daily News' William McGaffin parachuted in to give his own impromptu sales pitch.

 

 

When did news shop policies banning such reporter involvement in the story start?

The Internet link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-talk-oly-chicago-1952-bidsep27,0,...