- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2003


John Bourantas has been named news editor of The Washington Times.

Mr. Bourantas, 34, joined The Times in 2001 as assistant news editor and in January was named deputy news editor. He replaces former news editor Brian Sink, who left The Times last month to pursue a real estate career.

In his new position, Mr. Bourantas presides over the news desk, which is responsible for the design, pagination and story placement within the A-section. He is the newsroom’s supervising editor at night and is responsible for the newsroom meeting deadlines.

Mr. Bourantas takes part in the final selection of stories, photographs and graphics for each day’s front page, along with senior editors, and also will design or supervise the design of the front page.

“The news editor is the last editor to sign off on the front page before it goes to press,” said Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Times. “That’s a crucial responsibility because that’s where the buck stops, and often late at night. We were fortunate to be able to go to a deep bench to get John for this job.”

“John quickly stepped up and accepted responsibility during the past month,” said Geoffrey Etnyre, assistant managing editor. “He has excellent news judgment and design skills, and a firm grasp of our computer and pagination system. As any good news editor, he can handle a mountain of work, and do it well, and still make deadline.”

An Annapolis resident, Mr. Bourantas received his bachelor of arts in journalism from Boston’s Northeastern University in 1992.

He began his career as sportswriter for the Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times, covering high school and college sports, before becoming design editor of the Maryland Gazette in Glen Burnie in 1996.

He was a copy editor and page designer, including the front page, for the Annapolis Capital, where he won several awards for page design, from 1998 until joining The Times.

Mr. Bourantas was born in Athens, Greece. He was 2 years old when his family immigrated to the United States in 1971.

Replacing Mr. Bourantas as deputy news editor is Louis Rolfes, 25. Mr. Rolfes has been an assistant news editor at The Times since December 2001. He will assist Mr. Bourantas in supervision of the news desk and will take part in the design and execution of the front page.

Mr. Rolfes began his career in December 2000 as a copy editor and page designer at the Annapolis Capital. He received his bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 2000.

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