Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Art Brisbane, former Star editor and publisher, named NY Times ombudusman

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click to enlarge Arthur Brisbane, the gray lady's new inspector general.
  • Arthur Brisbane, the gray lady's new inspector general.

Arthur Brisbane, the former editor and publisher of The Kansas City Star who whistled into an executive suite just before a crater formed in his newsroom, has landed one of the sweetest gigs in journalism. He's the new public editor at The New York Times.

As public editor, Brisbane will have the opportunity to explore and

comment on the way the Times shapes its coverage. He's like an

in-house referee.

Brisbane joined the Star in 1990 and

seemed to get a promotion every 10 minutes. He went from metro

columnist to editor to publisher.

In 2005, Brisbane became a senior vice president of Knight Ridder, then the Star's corporate parent. A year later, the McClatchy Co. overpaid for Knight Ridder's assets. Brisbane reportedly received a $4.5 million severance.

A Harvard man, Brisbane began working at the Kansas City Times in 1977. He spent six years at The Washington Post before returning to Kansas City and going to work for the Star.

The New York Times created the public editor position in 2003, after the Jayson Blair scandal and the sacking of controversial editor Howell Raines. The first person to fill the role was author Daniel Okrent, who delved into such meaty subjects as the Times' liberal perspective and its coverage of the Middle East.

Byron Calame and Clark Hoyt unmemorably performed the duties after Okrent stepped away.

Brisbane's Luckiest Man in Newspapers column will appear in the Times a least twice a month.

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