Judges : National

Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet

Managing Editor, The New York Times

Dean Baquet became managing editor of The New York Times in 2011, He was Washngton bureau chief for The Times from 2007. That year he returned to the East Coast after seven years on the West Coast as editor and managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, during which the newspaper earned 13 Pulitzer Prizes, the most successful run in its 128-year history.

Previously, Baquet was national editor of The New York Times having started there in 1990 as a metropolitan reporter. Like many reporters, Baquet did not initially want to become an editor when the prospect was raised by then executive editor Jeseph Lelyveld, who had recruited him to the paper. "I hated it for the first year, but then started to like it," he said. Baquet's style of leadership became famous. Ken Auletta wrote in The New Yorker that while newsrooms are notorious for competition and backbiting, the national desk at The Times suddenly became an exception. he quoted one staffer saying. "It was the happiest place...where editors joked and reporters liked to drop by, rather than slink past. And it was because of Dean."

Baquet first joined The New York Times in 1990 as a metropolitan reporter. In 1992 he became special projects editor for the business desk and in 1994 he held the same title but operated out of the executive editor’s office.

His early career included stints as chief investigative reporter and associate metropolitan editor at the Chicago Tribune, where he won a Pulitzer Prize with two other reporters documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council.

He had started out covering police at New Orleans’ now-defunct States-Item, then moved to The Times-Picayune. He attended St. Augustine High School and his family ran Eddie’s, a Creole restaurant in the city’s Seventh Ward.

Baquet has received the Peter Lisagor Award for Investigative Reporting, 1988; the Chicago Tribune’s William H. Jones Award for Investigative Reporting, 1987, 1988 and 1989, and numerous local and regional awards.