Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award
Howell Raines 2002
The New York TimesHowell Raines became executive editor of The New York Times in September 2001, after having served as editorial page editor of The Times since January 1993. Previously he had been Washington bureau chief for the paper, starting in November 1988. He joined The Times in 1978 as a national correspondent, and held a variety of posts since then, including Atlanta bureau chief, White House correspondent, chief national political correspondent and deputy Washington editor. He was London bureau chief from January 1987 until moving to Washington in 1988.
In nominating him, NPF's judges wrote, “In his first full year as editor of The New York Times, Howell Raines emerged as one of the nation's most provocative and controversial leaders. His newspaper seems to be expanding its coverage of international news at a time when many are tightening global news hole. Beyond reports on predictable hot spots like Iraq, North Korea and sites tied to the U.S. efforts against terrorism, The Times devotes a remarkable level of attention daily to other locations throughout the world.”
Before joining The Times, Mr. Raines was political editor at The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times from 1976 until 1978. Earlier he was political editor of The Atlanta Constitution, which he joined in 1971 after a year as a reporter on The Birmingham (Ala.) News. His journalistic career began in 1964 with The Birmingham Post-Herald, and he also worked for The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News and WBRC-TV in Birmingham.
Mr. Raines won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 1992 for “Grady's Gift,” a personal reflection that appeared in The New York Times Magazine. He has published three books.