'New York Times' Appoints Calame New Public Editor

By: (AP) The New York Times has appointed Byron E. Calame, a former editor at The Wall Street Journal, as its new public editor. He replaces Daniel Okrent, who will be leaving the Times when his 18-month contract expires next month.

Calame, 65, spent 39 years at The Journal, beginning as a reporter and continuing until his retirement in December as deputy managing editor in charge of quality control.

The Times' executive editor, Bill Keller, made the announcement Tuesday and said Calame "will bring a lifelong, in-his-bones sense of how a daily newspaper operated, and a deep, demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of our craft."

As public editor, Calame's job will be to receive answers, questions or comments from readers and the public about articles appearing in the newspaper. He will also periodically publish commentaries about current issues in journalism, including the paper's journalistic practices.

Calame earned a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1961 and a master of science degree in political science from the University of Maryland in 1965.

In 2002, he was given the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Society of American Business Editors for his service to The Journal. He was also president of the organization from 2000 to 2001.


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