Howell Raines, who has served just seven months as executive editor of The New York Times, has been named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher.
“Raines did more than drive his own paper to new levels of distinction — he set the bar for the entire industry in the aftermath of Sept. 11,” said Greg Mitchell, editor of E&P.
An interview with Raines will appear in the April 8 issue of E&P in which, for the first time in print, he talks at great length about his personal experience, emotions, and inside view of the Times‘ operations on and since Sept. 11.
The April 8 cover package also includes an essay about Raines by Alex S. Jones, co-author of The Trust, the acclaimed history of the Times.
“What happened in New York in the days and weeks after Sept. 11 will never be forgotten, and neither will the performance of Raines’ paper,” Mitchell said, citing the creation of its daily “A National Challenged” section and its moving “Portraits of Grief,” among other examples of remarkable journalism.
The two previous winners of the E&P Editor of the Year honor were Martin Baron, then editor of The Miami Herald, now at The Boston Globe, and Robert Rivard, executive editor of the San Antonio Express-News.
For more information, contact E&P Editor Greg Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.