Another one bites the dust (escapes the Star)

Dateline: Tue 15 Apr 2008

Star sportswriter Mark Montieth is exiting the paper. He's No. 205 to leave since Gannett bought the Star in 2000.

No matter how the Star spins its circulation/readership figures, it can't be a decent newspaper until it stems the flow of departing reporters.

Here's the notice sent out re: Mark, and best to him:

"After more than a decade at The Star, veteran sportswriter Mark Montieth's last day at the paper will be Friday, April 25.

"Mark came to the paper in the mid-1990s, covering both pro and college basketball during his tenure here. The bulk of his time was spent on the Indiana Pacers beat. Highlights included the 2000 NBA Finals, when the Pacers battled the Los Angeles Lakers for NBA supremacy, and the end of the Reggie Miller era in 2005. Mark wrote a takeout on Miller for The Star's special section on the Pacers legend that won APSE Top 10 honors.

"In the past couple of years, Mark has assisted Mike Wells with Pacers coverage and also written enterprise, done general sports reporting and authored several memorable takeouts, including an insightful piece on John Wooden prior to the Final Four a couple seasons ago.

"We wish Mark well in his future endeavors."

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