- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Carol Herman, assistant books editor of The Washington Times, has been appointed editor of the books pages, succeeding Colin Walters, who filled that position for 21 years until his death on Aug. 24.

Mrs. Herman, 51, a member of The Times’ staff for four years, was a contributing book reviewer for several years before Mr. Walters invited her to join him as deputy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Tulane University in New Orleans and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in the Washington area since the late 1970s.

“To follow Colin Walters will be a challenge,” says Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Times, who made the appointment. “Carol Herman is equal to it. As a friend and a colleague of Colin’s, she spared neither effort nor time in assisting him in maintaining the books section during his lengthy illness. She brings to the job the background, the commitment and above all the love of books and an appreciation of the effort that goes into making books. She will sustain the consistent high quality of the books pages. We regard books as crucial to our coverage of the news, not only news of the culture, but of politics and policy, too, and to all the things that make up the life of the nation.”

For her part, Mrs. Herman says she appreciates the challenge. “Colin will be a very hard act to follow, but I could not have had a better tutor in editorial fastidiousness and the sheer artistry of producing serious, lively and literate books pages. I’m thrilled to get this wonderful opportunity.”

Mrs. Herman has worked not only at The Times, but also as a free-lancer at a variety of writing and editorial jobs. These include speech writing, editing public-affairs newsletters, working with arts, graphics and production departments, and writing scripts for television. She worked on Capitol Hill for a New York congressman, and was a senior projects assistant at the Library of Congress, part of a team responsible for selecting and preserving rare books and other materials on microfilm.

From four years until 1997, Mrs. Herman was president of the Literary Friends of the D.C. Public Library, a volunteer organization that presents awards to local writers and prepared testimony for annual budget consideration by the D.C. Council.

During this period, she was a “stay at home mom” caring for her son, Eli, 12, and her daughter, Rebecca, 9. Her husband, Joshua Sinai, is a national-security and foreign affairs consultant. They live in Potomac.

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