(**Update at bottom)
As newspaper insiders and others speculate about who will replace Tom Callinan at The Enquirer, sources report that Beryl Love and his wife made a quick trip to Cincinnati two weeks ago, the week before Thanksgiving.
Love is executive editor at The Reno Gazette Journal in Nevada, another publication owned by The Gannett Co., The Enquirer's parent firm. He was the first editor at the now-defunct CiN Weekly, and is a Cincinnati native and a University of Cincinnati graduate.
Love and his wife traveled to Cincinnati for a quick trip during the week of Nov. 14, shortly before it was publicly announced that Callinan, The Enquirer's executive editor, was retiring at year's end and planned to teach at UC.
CityBeat e-mailed Love Nov. 24 to ask him whether his trip was for business or pleasure, and if he was in the running to replace Callinan. We still haven't received a response.
Love joined Gannett in 1998 as an assistant news editor at The Enquirer, where he held various positions over the years. He was on the team that developed and launched CiN Weekly, one of Gannett's pre-Metromix young reader publications and Web sites. Before Love left Cincinnati in 2006, he was general manager of The Enquirer's magazine division.
In Reno, Love led the newsroom's conversion to Gannett's “information center” concept that stresses publishing on multiple media platforms. Also, he teaches at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.
**UPDATE: Love replied Wednesday evening and said my first e-mail fell through the cracks and he didn't deliberately ignore it. "I do not wish to comment at this time," he wrote. Love did say that published reports that he grew up in Cincinnati are inaccurate; he moved here while in the sixth grade.