Kieckhefer/Martin Appointments (1992)

Here's a Jan. 21, 1992, UPI story on appointments of Robert Kieckhefer and Robert Martin to key UPI positions in1992:


UPI names Kieckhefer, Martin to new posts

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- United Press International Wednesday announced appointment of veteran newsman Robert A. Martin as managing editor and Robert Kieckhefer as vice president for editorial development.

As managing editor, Martin will supervise national and regional news reports and have responsibility for the national sports and financial reports. Kieckhefer will develop new services and markets for the wire service.

Martin will work in UPI's World Headquarters newsroom in Washington. Kieckhefer will work in UPI's Chicago bureau, where he has been stationed for nearly a quarter of a century.

"Bob Martin has the right background and right experience to lead our U.S. editorial operations," said Executive Editor Steve Geimann. "He's a good newsman, a terrific editor and a proven leader."

Both will report to Geimann, who is also executive vice president of the news agency.

Martin, 44, joined UPI in 1979 as a reporter in its San Francisco bureau. Since then he has served as UPI's San Jose (Calif.) bureau manager, Los Angeles bureau manager, West Coast regional manager and, most recently, vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in London.

Martin's newspaper experience includes the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat and the Alameda (Calif.) Times-Star.

Kieckhefer, a 24-year UPI veteran, has been given responsibity for developing new products and new markets to keep UPI competitive in a changing information marketplace.

"Bob Kieckhefer's contributions to UPI as a reporter, editor, manager and sales executive are immeasurable," Geimann said. "He's imaginative, creative and tireless. His insight into both the broadcast and newspaper markets will serve UPI well as the company rebuilds."

He joined UPI in Chicago in 1968, worked as Springfield, Ill., bureau manager for six years, then as Chicago manager and Illinois editor. He since has held sales, product development and national news responsibilities.

UPI, founded in 1907, has 80 bureaus around the world, covering breaking news for radio and television, newspapers, news agencies and other customers in more than 90 nations.