|For immediate release
March 22, 2004
|Contact: Jessamyn Sarmiento, 202-513-2307
Former Baltimore Sun Editor Named Managing Editor For NPR News
Washington, DC-Pulitzer prize-winning journalist William K. Marimow has been tapped by NPR to oversee its national coverage as managing editor for NPR News, a newly created position. Marimow brings to NPR more than 30 years of extraordinary experience in journalism and newsroom leadership, and a special focus on investigative reporting. Beginning on May 2, he will oversee NPR's national news staff, round-the-clock newscasts and training, and work with NPR Online to help reflect NPR News content on the web. He joins Managing Editor Barbara Rehm who will oversee NPR's foreign coverage, as well as production of NPR's newsmagazine and talk shows. The dual managing editors will report to Vice President for News Bruce Drake.
"Over the last four years, the audience for NPR News has expanded by 64 percent, positioning the network as a primary source of comprehensive and in-depth news for more than 22 million weekly listeners," said Drake. "We could not have done better than Bill Marimow when it comes to the kind of journalist and manager that NPR needs to help us continue to improve and expand its coverage."
As editor of The Baltimore Sun, Marimow led a newsroom of 385 professional journalists, from April 2000 to January 2004. In 2003, The Sun produced three finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes, more than any newspaper its size in the nation. From 1993 to 2000, Marimow also served as managing editor, metro editor and associate managing editor of The Sun. During his tenure as managing editor, Columbia Journalism Review selected The Sun as one of the nation's ten best newspapers. The Sun received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting (1998) and for feature writing (1997) while Marimow was managing editor.
From June 1991 to March 1993, Marimow served as the assistant to the publisher for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. In this capacity, he worked closely with the publisher, overseeing the planning of the two newspapers' transition to a new multimillion-dollar production facility. Prior to this position, he was the city editor (1989-1991), New Jersey editor (1987-1989), and reporter (1972-1986). As a reporter, Marimow covered the labor, state and federal courts, FBI, City Hall and business and economic news beats. He also served as City Hall bureau chief.
As a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1982-83, he studied the first amendment at Harvard Law School.
Marimow and a partner won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for a series of stories on criminal violence by the Philadelphia Police Department, which led to a U. S. Justice Department investigation of the police homicide division. As a result of the federal investigation, six homicide detectives were convicted in federal court of conspiring to violate the civil rights of a man who was falsely convicted of murder.
Six years later, Marimow wrote a series of stories showing that a group of Philadelphia police K-9 officers were ordering their dogs to attack innocent unarmed men and women. After the stories were published, the U. S. Attorney's office in Philadelphia began a criminal investigation of the K-9 cases, and the city for the first time issued written guidelines detailing when K-9 officers could use their dogs to attack people. Those stories - about 40 altogether - won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1985.
In addition, he was The Philadelphia Inquirer's lead reporter on the newspaper's investigation of the confrontation between city police and the radical group MOVE. Those stories were a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the breaking news category in 1986.
Marimow has also been honored with the Silver Gavel Award (American Bar Association) in 1978 and 1982; Scripps Howard public service award in 1978; National Headliners award for investigative reporting in 1985; Sigma Delta Chi award for public service in 1978; Robert F. Kennedy print journalism award in 1978; and numerous state and local journalism awards.
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