Carolyn Ryan '86 named editor of the 'soul' of The New York Times

Carolyn Ryan ’86 has been named metropolitan editor of The New York Times, according to the paper’s Media Decoder blog and other outlets. In her three and a half years at the Times, Ryan has “steered the paper’s coverage of some of the biggest regional political stories in recent memory,” according to executive editor Bill Keller’s memo to Times staff, including the downfall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, for which the paper won a Pulitzer Prize. The Metro section is the paper’s “soul,” writes Keller, and it requires an editor “both deft and driven, a balance of restlessness and patience, and a sturdy spine. An irreverent sense of humor helps…. Carolyn Ryan is that kind of editor.” Previously, Ryan served as deputy metropolitan editor in charge of the section’s political coverage. View New York Times blog post from Jan. 19, 2011.

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