You may have noticed that my wife, Judge Dina Foster, was named Civitan Citizen of the Year on Tuesday.
You might wonder how we handle stories like that when there is an obvious conflict.
The short answer is: I butt out!
When we hear about something like that, I immediately remove myself from all decision-making on the story -- how it is written, how long the story is, where it is played and everything else about it.
In this case, our reporter on the story, Cassie Tarpley, reported to my boss, Publisher Jennie Lambert, who directed her on where the story should go in the paper (at the very bottom of 1A).
I happen to know this is consistent with coverage of other "citizens of the year." (I.e. last year's Lions club citizen of the year was at the top of 1A). Others have run on the Local front, depending on the news of the day.
Anyway, we keep that out of my hands and also have somebody that works over me make the call so the folks under me don't feel pressured.
The truth is, I would be much more likely to UNDERplay the story than overplay it, just to avoid any appearance of impropriety. I remember hating it when my dad refereed by youth league basketball games, because I knew he would be harder on me than anybody else, just so nobody would think he was playing favorites.