Gerald M. Boyd: A Distinguished Life and Career
In his two decades at the New York Times, Gerald M. Boyd served as managing editor, deputy managing editor, assistant managing editor, senior editor, Metro editor, and political and White House correspondent. Here are highlights from his 30-year career:
• Six days after he took over as managing editor, the second-ranking editor at The Times, managed the newsroom through coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.
• In 2002, The Times received six of seven Pulitzer Prizes for work related to the paper’s September 11 coverage, the most a newspaper has ever received in a single year.
• Served as the co-senior editor of The Times’ “How Race Is Lived in America” series, which the paper published in 2000. The series received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting the following year.
• Joined The Times in November 1983. Reported on Vice President Bush during the 1984 presidential campaign. After the election, became one of The Times’ two White House correspondents.
• In 1988, focused on Vice President Bush’s pursuit of the Presidency. Following the election, played a leading role in reporting about Mr. Bush’s appointees and his plans for the nation.
• Became a senior editor in January 1991, serving brief stints as a top editor in the paper’s Washington bureau and in its national and metropolitan departments.
• Four months after becoming deputy metropolitan editor, named metropolitan editor, managing a staff of more than 100 reporters and editors.
• Led a major expansion of the metropolitan report, which included hiring staff and reshaping its coverage. In 1994, the Times received a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting in recognition of its coverage of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. It was the paper’s first Pulitzer for local reporting in more than two decades.
• Joined the Times following a 10-year career at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he started as a copyboy and worked his way up to be the newspaper’s White House correspondent. Also covered Congress, after serving as the paper’s City Hall reporter for three years.
• Attended the University of Missouri under a scholarship program sponsored by The Post-Dispatch. At the university, students elected Mr. Boyd student body vice president. He graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
• In 1977, he founded the St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and served as its first president. One of the group’s projects, which he helped initiate, was a seven-week journalism workshop for high school students.
• Attended Harvard University in 1980 as a Nieman Fellow.
• Was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and once chaired its leadership committee. A constant voice in the journalism industry on issues of leadership, ethics and diversity. Spoke frequently before trade groups, at colleges and think tanks, and led discussions at industry forums.
• Among many honors and awards, received an honorary doctorate from Maryville University of St. Louis, the Medal of Freedom Award from the University of Missouri and the Frederick Douglass Award for distinguished leadership from the New York Urban League. In 2001, The National Associated of Black Journalists named him Journalist of the Year.