San Antonio Express-News Editor Bob Rivard is one of the most recognizable San Antonians there are. Barrels of CMYK ink will do that for a guy. His news resume showcases decades of determination and talent ladled over with the sorts of awards working writers gnash their teeth after. He's been a force for free speech and press not only here at home, but also into Latin America as a board member of the InterAmerican Press Association.
However, as the daily's editor, he's also been criticized for squelching in-house investigative journalism and strolling out on some truly tortured limbs in his regular column offerings (new nukes AND billion-dollar ocean desalination?).
Today, Rivard has a one-in-three chance (give or take some UT faculty prejudices) of slipping from us entirely.
On Monday and Tuesday, Rivard was meeting with faculty at the University of Texas as one of three candidates being considered for the position of director of the School of Journalism. The interim director, Tracy Dahlby, didn't return our calls, but word is he is anxious to get back to teaching journalism after more than a year immersed in the management end of it. (“He's a great teacher and he wants to go back to teaching and writing,” one source told us.)
Rivard also was mum on the topic, failing to return calls immediately today.
The other candidates for the post include Glenn Frankel, a nearly 30-years Washington Post veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Linda Steiner, an academic from the University of Maryland's College of Journalism, who also held positions at Rutgers and something called Governors State University.
Contact @sacurrent on Twitter for details about our betting pool in this three-way. And best of luck, Bob.