TRAVERSE CITY — A Record-Eagle journalist who saw the newspaper and the communities it serves through some of their most significant changes has retired after more than 35 years.
Associate Editor Loraine Anderson, 65, leaves her mark on the paper that was her home for more than half her life.
Anderson graduated from Michigan State University in 1972, after an internship with a German publisher. She began her journalism career that year at the Roscommon Herald-News. From 1974 to 1977 she was a reporter and editor for the Antrim County News in Bellaire.
She joined the Record-Eagle staff in 1978 as a police, courts and mental health reporter and covered Grand Traverse County from 1982 to 1984. She wrote on some of the thorniest and most important issues of the day, and contributed to ground-breaking and award-winning series on child sexual abuse, poverty, the Traverse City State Hospital, drunk driving, tribal fishing rights, land use and the Grand Traverse Watershed.
She also covered the 1979 trial of Jeanette Smith, one of the first women in Michigan to use the “battered wife” defense in a domestic murder trial. Smith was later acquitted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her estranged husband.
Anderson became city editor in 1984 and Associate Editor in 2012. She also held positions as regional editor and photo manager. During her tenure she saw significant changes at the Record-Eagle including its switch from an evening paper to a morning paper, its creation of a Sunday paper and an online edition, and its expansion to a regional paper.
Anderson’s curiosity and passion for learning led her to delve deep into the region’s history. She spent nearly a year researching and writing a 40-page supplement as part of the Record-Eagle’s 150th Anniversary History Project, for which the paper won three first place awards for a special section and public service from the Associated Press and the Michigan Press Association. Another supplement and dozens of historical stories followed in 2009.