Robert J. Sales, former executive editor of the Boston Herald, has been appointed associate director of the MIT News Office, and Alice C. Waugh, assistant editor and staff writer, has been promoted to editor of MIT Tech Talk. The appointments were announced by Kenneth D. Campbell, director of the MIT News Office.
Mr. Sales was a reporter and columnist with the Boston Globe from 1966 to 1978, and a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team which covered the desegregation of Boston schools in 1975. He served in executive news positions from 1979 to 1995 as the managing editor and executive editor of the Boston Herald; metropolitan editor of New York Newsday; editor of the Boston Phoenix; and executive sports editor of the Boston Herald. He replaces Robert C. Di Iorio, who retired in July after 23 years with the News Office.
Since 1995, Mr. Sales has been a free-lance writer and a consultant on strategic planning. He advised the task force that negotiated the merger of Boston City Hospital and the Boston University Medical Center. A 1957 graduate of Long Island University, he was an urban journalism fellow at Northwestern University and was an adjunct professor at Boston University College of Communication from 1973 to 1978. He and his wife Naomi live in Boston and have two adult children, Jonathan and Marian.
Ms. Waugh, who came to MIT in July 1993 as assistant editor and staff writer, has covered science, engineering and general news stories for Tech Talk and has laid out most of the pages of Tech Talk for three years. She replaces Joanne Miller, who retired in July after 39 years at MIT.
Ms. Waugh covered Wesleyan University affairs and medical news as a reporter and bureau chief for the Middletown (CT) Press. She has been assistant managing editor and staff writer with the Interface Group in Need-ham, MA, assistant editor and reporter for The Pictorial Gazette in Old Saybrook, CT, and a reporter for The Town Crier in Sudbury, MA.
A 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, majoring in English and psychology, she spent summers during college working for MIT professors in the chemistry and biology departments. She received a master's degree in journalism in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Waugh lives in Somerville. She is the daughter of Institute Professor Emeritus John S. Waugh.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 11, 1996.