Oreskes of ‘NYT’ to Helm ‘International Herald Tribune’

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By: Joe Strupp

Michael Oreskes, deputy managing editor of The New York Times, has been named executive editor of the The International Herald Tribune, according to a release from The New York Times Co., which owns both publications. He will succeed Walter Wells, who announced his departure earlier this year.

Oreskes will relocate to Paris and begin his new position this summer, the release said. He will report to Michael Golden, publisher of the Herald Tribune.

“Mike’s experience at The Times as Metro editor, Washington Bureau chief and deputy managing editor make him uniquely qualified to lead the IHT newsroom,” Golden said in the release. “In his career, Mike has exhibited the great news judgment and superior staff development that will make the IHT even more successful.

“Working with Alison Smale, managing editor of the IHT, and the full IHT staff, Mike will continue the successes the IHT has achieved over the last two years,” Golden added. “Having him come to the IHT now is another very clear statement of The New York Times Company’s commitment to this great newspaper and its Web site.”

Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times, praised the move in a statement, saying, “Putting an editor of Mike’s stature in charge of the IHT demonstrates both the depth of our commitment to that paper’s success and the tight bonds of collaboration between The Times and the IHT. Mike will be a formidable leader for the IHT and will strengthen the alignment of the two papers.”

Oreskes, 51, became deputy managing editor of the Times in 2004 and oversees the paper’s online and television content, the release said. He has also overseen the Times’s relationship with the Herald Tribune. He has been an assistant managing editor and director of electronic news since 2000. Previously, Oreskes was the Times’s Washington bureau chief for two years, during which the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes.

Oreskes also served as metropolitan editor, during which time the Metro desk won two Pulitzer Prizes and a Polk Award for local reporting. From 1987 to 1991, he was a Congressional correspondent and national political correspondent in the Washington bureau.

He came to The Times from the New York Daily News, where
he was a general assignment reporter, an education writer, an Albany correspondent, labor editor, and City Hall bureau chief. Oreskes has a 1975 bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York.

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