- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 14, 2006

Carleton Bryant, editor of the metropolitan desk at The Washington Times, has been promoted to assistant managing editor in charge of recruiting and special projects. His promotion was announced yesterday.

Mr. Bryant, 46, starts in his new position Jan. 15 and brings more than 17 years of newspaper experience to the job.

He replaces Ken McIntyre, who began as assistant features editor in February 1990 and served in several editorial positions until 1999, when he became an assistant managing editor.

Mr. McIntyre left The Times on Dec. 1 to serve as special projects editor at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in the District that publishes research on domestic, economic, foreign and defense policy.

“Carleton is the ‘go-to guy’ in our newsroom, whose energy, ideas and news judgment make him indispensable in producing the newspaper,” said Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Times. “Fran Coombs, the managing editor, and I regard him as ‘the old reliable.’ He has been a city editor from the old school, getting the most from a hard-working staff, and now with expanded responsibilities, he becomes even more the indispensable man.”

Mr. Bryant, a Florida native who lives in Pasadena, Md., started with The Times in August 1989 as an intern on the metropolitan desk. He was a journalism student at the University of Maryland in College Park when adjunct professor Vanessa Gallman, who was metropolitan editor at The Times, told him that he was a good writer and suggested he work at the paper.

“I’ve always been an avid reader and a pretty good writer, or so my teachers told me,” Mr. Bryant said. “Getting into journalism allowed me to feed my curiosity about other people and events and to write on a regular basis.”

Mr. Bryant was hired as a metropolitan reporter in September 1989 and became a general assignment reporter for the national desk the following year.

“Your day is always new, always fresh. You’re learning something different and writing about something new every day,” Mr. Bryant says. “It’s so exciting coming to work not knowing what you’re going to be doing but knowing that you’re going to be doing something different and interesting.”

In June 1993, Mr. Bryant was named an assistant national editor, and in May 1997, he was promoted to features editor.

In April 1999, he became metropolitan editor, a position he has held for the last seven years.

He said he asked to be considered for the assistant managing editor post when he heard about Mr. McIntyre’s decision to work at the Heritage Foundation.

“It gives me an opportunity to grow more as a manager and to use some of those managerial skills, and it allows me to have more influence over a larger portion of the paper,” Mr. Bryant said.

As assistant managing editor, Mr. Bryant will work with reporters, photographers and graphic designers in producing special projects, and he will be in charge of recruiting and will help hire new staff members and interns to the newspaper.

“I enjoy meeting people, and I enjoy talking about the paper and its merits,” he said.

Mr. Bryant served as a yeoman in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1984 in Adak, Alaska, and at Moffett Field, Calif.

He and his wife, Kaywin, have two children — Kayleigh, 18, a freshman art major at the University of Maryland in College Park, and Connor, 15, a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md.

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