- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

David Eldridge, who has helped oversee local news coverage for seven years at The Washington Times, yesterday was named managing editor of WashingtonTimes.com, the newspaper’s online edition.

Mr. Eldridge, 45, held the position of deputy metropolitan editor since 1999, where he assigned and edited stories and provided guidance to reporters.

Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Washington Times, the parent of the online edition, cited his experience in reporting and editing the news as the most important of Mr. Eldridge’s qualifications. “News is what newspapers is all about,” he said. “Collecting the news is what newspapers do better than any other media. David understands the new technology that is strengthening the position of newspapers as the unchallenged leaders in collecting and reporting the news, and he understands that getting the news is the first task. We couldn’t have found a more enthusiastic, more qualified managing editor for the online edition. His background in the newsroom will enable him to work closely with the other editors and reporters who have made The Washington Times a newspaper of worldwide consequence. There’s a reason why official Washington looks to The Times to get the story, and David is a big part of that reputation.”

Mr. Eldridge echoed the editor in chief. “I’m thrilled to be stepping into this new role at The Times,” he said. “We’ve got big plans for the Web site, including better access to our stories and archives, and new methods, like podcasts, audio downloads and streaming video, to deliver stories that readers can’t find anywhere else.”

Mr. Eldridge cites improved political coverage of Maryland and Virginia among his accomplishments as deputy editor of the metropolitan desk. He played a key role in the newspaper’s reporting of the 2002 sniper attacks in the area and helped direct coverage of the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Mr. Eldridge, the father of three children and a resident of Arnold, Md., began his newspaper career nearly 20 years ago as a reporter at the Kingsville Record in Texas. He has won state and national awards for reporting, news and opinion writing, and editing.

Before joining The Times, Mr. Eldridge was executive editor of the North Platte Telegraph, a daily newspaper in Nebraska; also managing editor of the Baytown Sun and city editor of the Victoria Advocate, both daily newspapers in Texas.

“I’ll always be an old newspaperman at heart, but watching and learning from several generations of Internet-savvy young reporters made one thing clear to me: News organizations, to remain relevant, need to embrace change,” Mr. Eldridge said. “We’re doing that at WashingtonTimes.com.”

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