Times Deputy Managing Editor to Speak at Commencement

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 20, 2012 – William Schmidt, deputy managing editor of The New York Times, will present the Coker College spring commencement address Saturday, May 5, President Robert Wyatt announced today.

"We are honored that Mr. Schmidt has accepted our invitation,” Wyatt said. “He has set an exceptional model of citizenship and professionalism in an era when both qualities seem in short supply and are urgently needed.”

Schmidt’s responsibilities include, among others, oversight of newsroom administration and finances, staff development and newsroom standards.

Schmidt has worked for The Times since 1981 and spent much of his career at the newspaper as a correspondent based in bureaus outside of New York. He spent ten years working for the national desk, as The Times bureau chief in Denver, Atlanta and Chicago. From 1991 until 1995, he was the newspaper’s London correspondent. In 1995, he was assigned to New York as deputy national editor, and helped direct The Times coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996 Presidential campaign.

Before joining The Times, Schmidt worked for Newsweek for eight years, the last two as bureau chief in Moscow. For the three years prior to his Moscow assignment, Mr. Schmidt was Newsweek's Middle East bureau chief, based in Cairo. He also served as the magazine's Miami bureau chief and was a correspondent in its Chicago bureau. From 1967 until 1973, he was a reporter with The Detroit Free Press.

In 1987 Schmidt was among seven reporters and two editors at The Times who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for articles about the causes of the Challenger disaster. In 1971 he shared the George Polk Award for national reporting for coverage of the shootings at Kent State University. In 1977 he won an award from the Overseas Press Club for his reporting on the war in Lebanon.

Schmidt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Michigan.

With six news bureaus in the New York region, 14 national news bureaus and 25 foreign news bureaus, The Times has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes and Citations, far more than any other newspaper. This week, it was awarded a Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting and International Reporting.


PHOTO:  William Schmidt, deputy managing editor of The New York Times.



Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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