‘New York Times’ Names New Public Editor

By: E&P Staff

Arthur S. Brisbane, former editor and publisher of The Kansas City Star and a former Washington Post reporter and editor, is The New York Times’ new public editor.

Brisbane becomes the Gray Lady’s fourth public editor in the past seven years. In his new position, Brisbane will be asked and answer questions and comments from readers and the public about the Times’ reporting, and he will pen a column that will run in the Opinion section at least twice a month on Sundays.

Brisbane’s newspaper career began in 1976 at the former Glen Cove (N.Y.) Guardian. He joined the Kansas City Times in 1977, where he wrote a Metro column and later authored a book of columns, “Arthur Brisbane’s Kansas City.” In 1984 he went to work for The Washington Post as a reporter, covering issues for the National and Metropolitan desks. He was later named assistant city editor.

Brisbane joined The Kansas City Star as a Metro columnist in 1990, was named its editor two years later and became its publisher in 1997. In 2005 he was named senior vice president of Knight Ridder Inc., and in recent years has consulted for such organizations like the Nieman Foundation.

The public editor’s e-mail address is public@nytimes.com.

Brisbane succeeds Clark Hoyt, who followed Daniel Okrent and Byron Calame, respectively.

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