We’re excited to share that Scott Dodd, one of our desk’s most inventive and collaborative editors, has been promoted to National’s director of news, in which he will oversee all our live and breaking news coverage.
Scott has taken the art of day editing to a new level since taking on the role last spring. He starts every morning by applying his sharp judgment on which stories to surface to the desk (and which ones to not). He is never content with the traditional way of covering a story (i.e., 800 words in print or bust). And nowhere has this been clearer than in his stewardship of our weather coverage.
A weather story is never just a weather story. It’s about unprecedented climate change, politics, accountability and first and foremost serving readers. Scott launched and has spearheaded a weather blog so the newsroom can more easily dial up or down levels of coverage. Just last week he led our live work on Hurricane Ian, pulling together colleagues from National, Express and Live to deliver superlative coverage that set a new standard for in-the-moment reporting that is both more visual and visceral. He has also edited excellent enterprise coverage of climate change, including Simon Romero’s recent story on a drinking water crisis in New Mexico, and about Americans living with disabilities.
Yet another bonus about Scott: He has a real eye for how to constantly improve our operation, which means smoother sailing over time for all of us, especially National reporters who are hustling the hardest out in the field.
Scott came to The Times in 2018 as one of the first floating editors on the Flex desk, doing his initial tour on National and joining us full-time a few months before Covid hit. He has had a varied journalism career, including stints in magazines and digital media, and got plenty of firsthand hurricane experience as a reporter at The Charlotte Observer, where he also covered everything from the military to NASCAR.
We will be searching for a new day editor soon; once that is done, Scott will move to a later schedule.
Please join us in congratulating Scott.
No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here