William Schmidt

About William Schmidt

William 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 is a director of the School of Journalism's Center for Border & Global Journalism, and helps run the Journalism on Screen film series.  

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 as part of a team of six reporters and three editors who led 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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Contact Information

William Schmidt
Professor of Practice
Telephone: 520-621-5909
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 335