February 26, 2021

New York Times Names Cliff Levy to a Top Editing Role

The New York Times announced a return to its newsroom leadership team on Wednesday with the elevation of its metro editor, Clifford J. Levy.

Mr. Levy, 53, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has led the metro desk since 2018. He was previously a deputy managing editor overseeing The Times’s online platforms and had worked as a Moscow bureau chief and an investigative reporter.

In a note to the newsroom on Wednesday, Dean Baquet, the executive editor, and Joseph Kahn, the managing editor, said Mr. Levy would temporarily advise the audio department, the home of the podcast “The Daily,” before taking on a broader role. The audio department is overseen by Sam Dolnick, an assistant managing editor and a member of the Sulzberger family that controls The Times, and Lisa Tobin.

Mr. Levy was promoted a month after The Times issued a correction for “Caliphate,” a 12-part audio series that sought to shed light on the Islamic State. In an editors’ note, The Times said the podcast had given too much credence to the false or exaggerated account of one of its main subjects, Shehroze Chaudhry, a Canadian who claimed to have taken part in Islamic State atrocities. On the day the note was published, Mr. Baquet described the problems with “Caliphate” as “an institutional failing,” saying its errors should not be blamed on “any one reporter.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/27/business/media/cliff-levy.html

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