- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2001

A 21-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal was named yesterday as the newspaper's new editorial-page editor.
Paul Gigot, 46, who has written the Journal's "Potomac Watch" column since 1987, and who won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, will take over the editorial pages on Sept. 17. He succeeds Robert Bartley, who has led the editorial section for the past 30 years.
Mr. Bartley will step down in 2002 when he turns 65, the paper's parent firm, Dow Jones & Co., said in an announcement on the paper's Web site. He will continue to author the Journal's "Thinking Things Over," column, which he started writing last year.
Mr. Gigot, who will discontinue writing his popular Washington column and leave town soon for a new office in New York, joined the Journal in 1980 as a reporter working from Chicago. He moved to Hong Kong in 1982 and was named the first editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal in 1984. That year, his coverage of the Philippines won the Overseas Press Club award.
A native of Green Bay, Wis., Mr. Gigot has been a member of the Journal's editorial board since 1987. He will become the fifth person in the Journal's history to head the paper's commentary section.
"Following the tradition set by Bob Bartley will be challenging and rewarding," Mr. Gigot said of his new assignment. "I am grateful for this opportunity to lead a staff that is the journalistic equivalent of the 1927 Yankees."
Daniel Henninger will remain in his post as deputy editorial-page editor. He will begin writing a column on social and cultural issues.

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