New ‘International Herald Tribune’ Editor Named — It’s Bill Schmidt

By: Joe Strupp

William Schmidt, an assistant managing editor at The New York Times, has been appointed top editor of the International Herald Tribune, The Times and the IHT announced Wednesday.

“Schmidt, a veteran foreign correspondent and newsroom administrator at The Times, has been named editor, global editions,” an IHT story reported. “He will move to Paris, where the newspaper is based, by the end of the year, taking over from Martin Gottlieb, who has been serving in that capacity on an interim basis. Gottlieb will return to New York to continue the work of integrating the two newspapers.”

“Bill’s career is rich in both journalistic and management experience,” Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times, said in a statement in the story. “He has reported from a variety of foreign and domestic bureaus – Moscow, Cairo and London, Chicago, Miami, Denver and Atlanta.

“As a member of The Times’s masthead, Bill has participated in most of the major decisions about our newsroom,” Keller added. “One of his key achievements has been the significant improvements he has made to the management, fiscal discipline and training of The Times’s newsroom.”

Schmidt began at The Times in 1981. In 1995, he became deputy national editor and has been a member of the “senior management in the newsroom” since 1997, the IHT reported.

“In 1987, Schmidt was among a team of reporters that shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for articles about the causes of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. In 1977 he shared an award from the Overseas Press Club for his reporting on the war in Lebanon,” the IHT story said.

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher of the IHT, said in the statement that Schmidt would “set the strategic direction and maintain our high standards of news coverage.”

IHT, the “global edition” of The Times, is printed at 35 sites worldwide and circulates in more than 180 countries, the story said.

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