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McDonald's Corp. has appointed a syndicated financial columnist and television reporter to its board of directors, raising conflict- of-interest questions among editors and experts in journalism ethics.

The journalist, Terry Savage, said she does not see any problems with the situation because she reports mainly on personal finance and economic trends.

Editors of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Dallas Times Herald, the newspapers in which Savage's columns appear weekly, said they planned to meet with her to discuss the possible problems presented by the appointment.

McDonald's said it chose Ms. Savage, 46, as its first female board member in 20 years because of her "unusual blend of expertise in finance and consumer communications."

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