Leading a newsroom that is 14 hours and nearly 7,000 miles away from New York takes vision, impeccable news judgment and an exoskeleton tough enough to withstand a barrage of questions from the mothership at odd hours.
Trying to do all that while filling Adrienne Carter’s trailblazing shoes requires utter fearlessness, and perhaps also a sense of humor.
Luckily for us, Doug Schorzman has all of these traits, in abundance. We are thrilled to announce that he will be our next Asia editor.
Doug has taken on almost every challenge on the International desk, from copy editor to leading our coverage of some of the world’s most volatile places. He started working for newspapers at the age of 15 and, after postcollege editing jobs in Oregon and Texas, he came to The Times in 2001 as a copy editor on the Metro desk.
He joined what used to be called the Foreign desk at the start of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and became a backfield editor in the early months of the Iraq war, quickly learning how to play every position on the field.
Perhaps because he was once a local newspaper reporter, Doug’s solution to any problem was to report — and report some more. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of his coverage areas, and was an invaluable resource for his correspondents and fellow editors alike.
He took over as the desk’s weekend editor in 2008, just in time for the Russian invasion of Georgia, and he has had his hands on countless big stories ever since, including the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Arab Spring in 2011. He has guided our coverage of Afghanistan and Iraq, the rise of ISIS, Modi’s re-election in India, the genocidal campaign against the Rohingya in Myanmar and the rescue of the Thai Wild Boars boys soccer team. And, if that was not enough, he was also part of the team in Hong Kong that covered the democracy movement there and the outbreak of Covid.
Back then, he worked out of Hong Kong as deputy Asia editor. This time, he is heading to Seoul as Asia editor, with an enduring fondness for the intrepid crew in Asia that works tirelessly on some of the biggest stories in the world, often while the rest of us are asleep. Doug is now working hard to knock the rust off his karaoke game, eager to jump back into story lines that have only grown in complexity over the past few years.
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