David S. Jackson has been named the new executive editor of The Washington Times. Jackson, a former correspondent for Time magazine and director of the Voice of America, started his career in newspapers and later served in senior news management positions overseeing online, broadcasting, and print operations. Since February, he has been working as a strategic planning consultant for The Washington Times.
Jackson began his career at The City News bureau in Chicago, a wire service, and The Chicago Daily News. In 1978, he joined Time magazine, where he spent 23 years as a correspondent, bureau chief, and senior correspondent based in Chicago, Washington, Houston, Cairo, Seoul, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. As a foreign correspondent, he reported from dozens of countries around the world, and as Time’s chief technology correspondent, he led the magazine’s coverage of the growth and development of the Internet as a tool for communication and commerce.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Jackson created and edited a public website for the Defense Department devoted to news and information about the war against terrorism. In September 2002, he was appointed by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors as the 26th director of the Voice of America, the nation’s leading international broadcasting service that provides news and information in 44 languages to audiences around the world. Under his leadership, VOA’s global audience grew by one-third, to nearly 120 million people, and VOA’s website was named one of Google’s top 10 Internet destinations for international news.
The Broadcasting Board gave him a Distinguished Honor Award in recognition of his achievements. Jackson later worked as a senior advisor for communications at the State Department and served as the first director of Defense Media Activity, a new agency which consolidated the print, broadcast, and online media operations of the Defense Department and the military services in one organization. In that role, he oversaw all American Forces Network (AFN) radio and television broadcasting and Internet support operations, plus The Stars & Stripes newspaper and other elements.