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Paul Hampel

Paul Hampel in a Post-Dispatch file photo.

Veteran Post-Dispatch journalist Paul Hampel has moved from reporting on government and other news-making events to a position with the administration of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

Hampel, 54, began his new job on Monday. His salary is $77,500.

He will serve as a legislative analyst, a liaison between Stenger and county departments, and an adviser on special projects.

Hampel resigned from the Post-Dispatch last week, ending a 30-year reporting career that included coverage of St. Louis County government, the Metro East, education and general assignment feature stories.

He had been on medical leave since suffering head and other injuries in August while covering the first anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. On that night, Hampel said he had been taking photos and videos of break-ins along West Florissant Avenue when, suddenly, he was rushed from behind by a group of attackers.

Hampel is the third journalist hired by Stenger. Former reporters Cordell Whitlock of KSDK (Channel 5) and Allison Blood of KMOX radio form the county executive's communications team.

Stenger, a Democrat, was elected in November to a four-year term as county executive.

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