William Schmidt

About William Schmidt

Bill Schmidt is the former deputy managing editor of The New York Times. He teaches courses in advanced reporting and feature writing. Schmidt spent 32 years with The Times before retiring in April 2013. As a correspondent, he was based in Times bureaus in the US and in London, and ran foreign bureaus for Newsweek in Cairo and Moscow. He spent 16 years as a member of senior management in The Times newsroom, which included management of newsroom resources. Schmidt also serves on the board of directors of the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education. From 1969 to 1973, Schmidt was a reporter with The Detroit Free Press.

Education

  • B.A., University of Michigan

Courses Taught at the UA

  • J 411 Featuring Writing
  • J 306 Advanced Reporting

See course descriptions

Past Professional Positions

  • Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times, 2008 - 2013
  • Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times, 2005 - 2008
  • Associate Managing Editor, The New York Times, 1998 - 2005
  • Deputy National Editor, The New York Times, 1995 - 1997
  • Correspondent, London, The New York Times, 1991 - 1995
  • Bureau Chief, Chicago, The New York Times, 1987 - 1991
  • Bureau Chief, Atlanta, The New York Times, 1983 - 1987
  • Bureau Chief, Denver,The New York Times, 1981 - 1983
  • Bureau Chief, Moscow, Newsweek, 1979 - 1981
  • Bureau Chief, Cairo, Newsweek, 1976 - 1978
  • Bureau Chief, Miami, Newsweek, 1975 - 1976
  • Correspondent, Chicago, Newsweek, 1973 - 1975
  • Reporter, Detroit Free Press, 1968 - 1973

Professional Organizations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • Past President, Association of American Correspondents, London (UK)

Awards & Honors

  • Shared Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for team coverage of the Challenger shuttle explosion, 1987
  • Shared Overseas Press Club award for reporting on civil war in Lebanon, 1978
  • Shared Polk award in national reporting for team coverage of Kent State, 1970
  • Conferred an honorary doctorate in humane letters, Coker College, Hartsville, S.C., 2012
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