1987 Departing Notes

Internal report to UPI employees circa 1992 from former UPI executive Steve Geimann:

UPI-Newser 10-30

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Reimbursement Update

The Internal Revenue Service has set the mileage rate, for tax purposes, as 28 cents per mile in the United States. UPI uses this figure in setting the reimbursement rate for staffer traveling on assignment for the company. The change is effective immediately, and all expense reports submitted as of today (10/30) should reflect the 28-cent rate.

Election Update

A long year of political sniping in the United States is about to end.

Voters across America head to the polls Tuesday (Nov. 3) to elect a president, a House of Representatives and other office holders at the state and local level.

UPI reporters and editors will be ready to report the outcomes.

Wireside, Radio Network and Newspictures reporters, editors, producers and photographers will be at work, talking with the candidates, assessing the result and providing a steady report on national and regional developments.

Regional and state bureaus also will be busy on Election Night. Many states produced roundups, or advance stories, that moved before the end of the week, offering newspapers and broadcasters a look at how things shape up.

Managing Editor Bob Kieckhefer, working with the regional editors, and Washington Bureau chief Frank Csongos, have been hard at work making last-minute plans for the big night. AME Jack Wilkinson has prepared extensive set ups for the broadcast wire for use during the night.

UPI Radio Program Director Howard Dicus and UPI Radio Senior Correspondent Pye Chamberlayne will anchor special reports four times an hour after 7pm Eastern time. We will provide these reports for as long as it takes.

Election reports in English will air at :10-:14, :25-:29, :40-:44, and :55-:56. Each report can be either carried live or delayed to the next quarter hour. The 4-minute reports will have cutaways about a minute in.

UPI Radio Noticias will stay on the air late to present election results with special reports from Jorge Orellana twice an hour... at the usual newscast airtime of :49, and again at :20.

White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas will be watching President Bush in Houston, along with Radio correspondent Bill Small and photographers Bruno Torres-HSP and Leighton Mark-WAP.

In Little Rock, Ark., White House reporter Thomas Ferraro will be working with Stephen Buel-CK to watch Bill Clinton, while radio reporter Jay Sapir-HXA and photographer Cliff Owen-WAP, using a new digital camera, record the event in photos and sound.

Dallas reporters Hari Krishnan and Dick Kelsey will be at Ross Perot's election night party, covering for the wire and Radio Network, while photographer Gary Edwards takes pictures.

On election night, wireside will produce a bc-election main lead that will focus on the presidential race. We plan to update the story throughout the night, as neccessary. Political Editor David Wiessler and White House reporter Lori Santos will handle.

Steve Gerstel and Bob Shepard will do the congressional roundup (bc-congress) with Steve focusing on the Senate and Bob on the House. Steve also will write a bc-analysis piece on the election.

Steve Heilbronner will do bc-governors and Luke Hill in Seattle a bc-issues story on statewide referendums.

Advisories have moved on the two basic circuits serving clients in the United States.

Kudos for Brill, Worner, Mendelsohn

The Los Angeles Press Club this week honored three UPI reporters for their work in covering the Los Angeles riots this spring.

Bob Brill (UPI Radio Network Los Angeles Bureau Chief), Elka Worner (Los Angeles court reporter) and former L.A. photo bureau manager Matt Mendelsohn (now back in Washington) were given plaques by the Greater Los Angeles Press Club.

Brill was badly beaten as he filed radio reports in the opening hours. Mendelsohn was caught in the middle of a rock and brick-throwing incident in the parking lot across from the bureau. Worner was trapped in a community church when the rioting broke out.

In picking up the awards Brill told the dinner gathering at the L.A. Music Center: "We accept these awards for all of the staff at UPI from those on the desk to the cop shops who did a yeoman's job working day and night covering the riots. They are the ones who should get the credit for taking the news in and turning it around to you in the media in a timely manner. A lot of people may have forgotten about us at UPI - my mother still thinks I drive a brown truck and deliver packages - but we're here doing the job and we're going to be around for a long time."

The award cited the trio "for outstanding dedication during the Los Angeles riots."

Basken, Sullivan Swap Bosnia Beat

London staffer Paul Basken has departed Sarajevo after a more than month-long stint covering the world's most dangerous city. He was replaced by Kevin Sullivan, recently of UPI's Singapore bureau. Though long an Asia hand, Sullivan spent time last year covering the Serb-Croat war in Croatia.

Sullivan, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, reported from Asia for 10 years, his assignments taking him to Japan and Korea and Beijing's Tiananmen Square. His work has appeared in the Sunday Times, the Glasgow Herald, Asiaweek, U.S. Mews and World Report, and Macleans magazine, among other publications.

From 1989 until the beginning of this year, he was Tokyo correspondent for the Guardian. In October 1991 he covered the siege of Dubrovnik. Last, January he moved to Sri Lanka to write a novel. From May until this month, he ran the UPI office in Singapore.

Sullivan has published a slim volume of essays, called Windsor T. MacGinty's Guide to the Real Japan, which anyone reading this should immediately go out and buy sin coverage. she sez the paper often likes upi better than the handful of rand wires it takes cuz we do a better job of explaining why."

Ex-Unipressers Help Post-Season BB Coverage

Former Unipressers Mike Tully, Dave Moffit and Frank Thorsburg helped out as stringers for baseball coverage. Tully, formerly UPI's National Baseball Writer, took time off from his job on the general desk at the Newark Star-Ledger to assist Sports Ene at the World Series. Tully handled the play-by-play and provided an analysis on each game.

"If you've got to love something, you might as well love baseball," he said. "I covered the World Series for UPI for 12 years and was grateful for the opportunity to do it again."

Moffit, formerly Southern Division Sports Editor, retired but still lives in Atlanta and helped out at both the National League playoffs and World Series. Thorsburg, ex-San Francisco and Memphis staffer, aided in covering the Oakland portion of the A's-Blue Jays American League playoffs. Thorsburg is now with the governmental relations department of Pacific Gas and Telephone, the nation's largest utility.


Former Washington Post writer Amy Worden has joined the Universal Desk in Washington. Amy, a Washington native, is a graduate of Oberlin College, Boston College and the University of Vermont.

The accounts payable department on the 9th Floor in World Headquarters grew by one this month. Chris Pappas, a former accounting temporary, joined the department to help process employee expenses, stringers and vendor payments.