Robbins of ‘WSJ’ Joins ‘NY Times’ Editorial Board

By: Joe Strupp

Carla Anne Robbins, a longtime reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, will join The New York Times editorial board and take the post of assistant editorial page editor, the Times announced Thursday.

“We are delighted to have Carla join us,” Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins said in a statement, noting Robbins will begin her new duties on July 17. “She is as brilliant an editor as she is a writer, and both our readers and editorial board will benefit from her extensive experience and deep insight into foreign affairs.”

Robbins replaces Helene Cooper, another board member who becomes the Times diplomatic correspondent. The change is the third addition to the 18-person editorial board in recent months. Earlier this year, as part of the editorial page’s expansion into five weekend regional pages, Terry Golway joined to handle New Jersey-related issues, while Maura Casey signed on for Connecticut-based editorials.

Since 2004, when the regional editorial pages began, the editorial board has grown from 15 to 18 members.

Robbins, 53, has been a reporter and news editor at the Journal since 1993, where she wrote about proliferation and nuclear weapons, the Times release stated. She had also been that paper’s lead foreign policy writer, while having edited the Washington bureau’s feature articles on foreign policy, defense and national security.

Robbins also worked at U.S. News & World Report from 1986 to 1992, first as Latin America bureau chief and then as senior diplomatic correspondent. She started her career at Business Week in 1982 as an editor and then a State Department reporter.

Robbins received the 2003 Georgetown University Weintal Prize for
Diplomatic Reporting. Also, while at the Journal, she was a member of the group that received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and the team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from
Wellesley College in 1974. Robbins also holds a master’s and doctoral degrees, both in political science, from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and has been a Hoover media fellow at Stanford University.

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