Former 'WSJ' Editorial Writer to Head 'Wash Times' Opinion Pages
Published: March 08, 2009 6:30 PM ET
NEW YORK Richard Miniter, an author and
former Wall Street Journal editorial writer, has been named editor of
the editorial pages and vice president of opinion at The Washington
Times, according to a release.
Miniter will head what are considered among the most
conservative editorial pages in a post that had been previously held by
the likes of Tony Blankley, former chief of staff to Newt Gingrich, and
Tony Snow, who later served as President George W. Bush’s press
“Minter, who wrote two New York Times bestselling
books, and won awards for investigative reporting at the Sunday Times
of London, is a former editorial writer and columnist for the Wall
Street Journal Europe and WSJ.com,” the announcement added. “His
articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall
Street Journal as well as The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest,
National Review and The New Republic. He is a regular commentator on
Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, and CNBC and many nationally
syndicated radio programs.”
Miniter replaces Deborah Simmons, who had served as
editorial page editor since 2007, having replaced Blankley when he
departed earlier that year.
Miniter also takes on the new role of Vice President
of Opinion, which “is new, encompassing the editorial page, the op-ed
page, and commentary pages. (Since the paper's founding in 1982,
Editorial and Commentary pages were managed separately.) The new Vice
President of Opinion will also oversee all online opinion, the opinion
component of the new Washington Times wire service that distributes to
more than 90 newspapers and other new products to be unveiled in the
Washington Times President and Publisher Thomas P.
McDevitt stated: “After an extensive nationwide search, we are
extremely pleased to find Richard Miniter, a veteran of the Wall Street
Journal editorial page and a bestselling author.”
McDevitt added, "We've been listening to our readers
and they tell us they want sharp, fact-based analysis that challenges
the conventional wisdom in Washington. Expect us to be more
distinctive, contrarian, authoritative and conservative on our opinion
pages. The challenges we face in this nation demand the very best
opinion, analysis and a forum for solution-oriented debate. Rich
Miniter and the team we are assembling at The Times are committed to
providing that for our readers every day."
"Though our two departments operate separately, I'm
thrilled to have our opinion pages under the stewardship of such an
accomplished journalist as Rich,” Washington Times Executive Editor
John Solomon stated. “I know Rich will honor The Washington Times'
extraordinary editorial tradition built on the shoulder of giants like
Tony Snow and Tony Blankley while transforming our print and online
opinion for the 21st century with the same deep reporting and insight
he has demonstrated through his career as an editorial writer, reporter
and best-selling author.”
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