The wholesale turnover in the Plain Dealer Columbus Bureau that saw the departure of Bureau Chief  Aaron Marshall  and two other staffers will take on some new blood on Monday.  Marshall, who is off to Ohio State University to work  for President Gordon Gee, will be replaced Robert Higgs, who has been the editor of the paper’s PolitiFact Ohio since  it was created in  July, 2010.  He will be joined by PD Staffer Brandon Blackwell.  A third slot remains open.

Higgs arrived at the paper in 1995 and had been editor of the PD’s online operation as well as other editing duties  before his fact-checking job.  He has a journalism degree from OSU and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron.
There remains a big question of how the PD’s reporting and editing staff will shape up as the paper nears its decision to eliminate 58 newsroom positions and possibly go to a three-days-a- week home delivery.
Blackwell is described on his Twitter page as a “humanist storyteller” and “fanatical moviegoer.”  Both interests could come in handy in Columbus inasmuch as humanism is in short supply around the Statehouse and a practiced moviegoer will have a distinct advantage in reviewing the ever-evident  theatrics in the not-so-august corridors of power.