- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2003


United Press International yesterday announced a new editorial management team.

Michael J. Marshall, executive editor of the World and I magazine, was named editor in chief of UPI’s worldwide editorial operations.

Martin Walker, UPI’s chief international correspondent for the past two years, was appointed editor of UPI’s English-language operations.

Mr. Marshall, a journalist with more than 25 years of international experience, has been with the monthly magazine since it began in 1986. As executive editor, he steered the World and I into a multifaceted educational publication that has embraced the arts, science, current affairs and scholarship.

He also is executive director of the World Media Association, which provides a forum for media professionals and opinion leaders to advance journalistic ethics.

Chung Hwan Kwak, president and chief executive officer of UPI, said Mr. Marshall “joins with a mandate to further expand our global reach, and work together with other members of the News World family in expanding UPI’s product offerings.”

News World Communications Inc., a global media company founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owns UPI and publishes the World and I. It also publishes The Washington Times and other newspapers and magazines in more than 20 countries. Rev. Moon also founded the World Media Association.

Mr. Walker is an award-winning foreign correspondent whose books have been translated into 11 languages. He spent 25 years at Britain’s the Guardian newspaper as bureau chief in Moscow, Washington and the 15-nation European Union.

Mr. Walker served as a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York. His latest novel, “The Caves of Perigord,” was published last year and reached No. 8 on The Washington Post best-seller list.

“I am delighted that Michael and Martin have agreed to lead UPI’s editorial operations at this most important time in the company’s 96-year history,” Mr. Kwak said. “Their journalistic reputations embody the long and proud commitment this company has made to press freedom and editorial excellence.”

Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI editor at large, said Mr. Marshall “combines scholarly erudition with journalistic instincts and I look forward to working with him on many important projects to synergize a multifaceted, transnational organization where I started my career when it was still [United Press].”

Mr. De Borchgrave had been UPI’s interim editor in chief since August, following the resignation of John O’Sullivan, who left UPI to become editor of the National Interest policy magazine.

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