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VOL. 130 | NO. 53 | Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Daily News Names Managing Editor

By Kate Simone

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Jane A. Donahoe has joined The Daily News Publishing Co. as managing editor. In her new role, she oversees award-winning coverage of business and government news for both The Daily News and The Memphis News.

Hometown: Memphis

Education and experience: University of Memphis, BA, journalism, 2003; Memphis Business Journal, sections editor, web editor and reporter, 2003-2013


Family: Husband, Michael; children, Thomas, 7; Gwyn, 4; and Henry, 2; and Lollipop, our Great Dane puppy

Favorite quote: “Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.”

Favorite movie: “Clue,” followed closely by “What About Bob?”

The sports team you root for: I’m all in on the Memphis Grizzlies.

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Sports talk radio in my car and my husband’s hipster Pandora stations at home

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Hanging with my kids and my friends; watching and attending Grizzlies games; and exercising and playing the piano with the time that’s left over, which is never enough.

What talent do you wish you had? Michael is the family chef, and I’d love to able to return the favor. Unfortunately, boiling noodles poses a problem for me.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? I know that everyone says their parents, and I simply can’t buck that trend. My mom and dad, Ann and Jack Aldinger, taught me almost everything I know. All the good stuff anyway.

What attracted you to your company? The publications have a great reputation of reporting on all the things I’m interested in, and doing it exceptionally well.

What are your goals in your new position? I hope to continue and build on the success of The Daily News and The Memphis News, and help score some scoops along the way.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Even though they’re still a work in progress, it has to be my three cool kiddos.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy keeping tabs on all the happenings in and around Memphis. I’ve always liked being in the know.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Enjoy being young.

Memphis attorney Frank L. Watson III has been appointed to the Tennessee Ethics Commission. Watson was nominated by the Senate Democratic Caucus to serve on the commission and will fill the seat vacated by Memphis pastor Keith Norman.


Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has appointed Melissa Alexander principal and shareholder. Alexander, who also serves as marketing director, joined Commercial Advisors in 2006. She has 14 years of marketing experience and 11 years of real estate experience.

Russell W. Savory has been elected as a director on the board of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, where he will serve a five-year term. Savory is a founding member of the Memphis law firm Gotten, Wilson, Savory & Beard LLC.


Patrick Collins has been named executive vice president of Morris Marketing Group. Collins has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience. He will oversee client relations, marketing and communications strategy, creative services and media relations.

University of Memphis juniors Melissa Byrd and Danielle Davis are among 201 finalists for the Truman Scholarship, a national fellowship that provides up to $30,000 for graduate studies. Byrd is a journalism major and hopes to earn a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in public and nonprofit management policy. Davis is studying early childhood education and intends to pursue a doctorate in educational administration and policy.

Nine attorneys from Baker Donelson’s Memphis office have been ranked in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as leading practitioners in their practice areas. They are: Jackie Prester, Matthew S. Heiter, Edward R. Young, E. Franklin Childress Jr., Leo Bearman Jr., Jill M. Steinberg, Buckner Wellford, Mary L. Aranov and Robert C. Liddon Jr.

The University of Memphis has been named the Mid-South Food Bank’s School of the Year for the work of Students Advocating Service with the Food Bank’s Kids Cafes program. SAS students contributed 273 hours of service to the Kids Cafes program in 2014 through a weekly service project at the Kids Cafe at Buckman Boys & Girls Club.

Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab has received a five-star rating, the highest available, in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2015. The list highlights the top nursing homes in each city and state out of nearly 16,000 across the U.S. using data from Nursing Homes Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. has announced the recipients of the first Mojo of Midtown Awards, honoring individuals and organizations whose contributions ensure the integrity, vitality and viability of Midtown. The honorees are: Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, Ben Woodson/Overton Square, Bob Loeb of Loeb Properties, Cooper-Young Festival, The Levitt Shell and the city of Memphis’ bicycle lanes.

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