- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2008

David Jones was named interim managing editor of The Washington Times and will assume responsibility for all print content. Mr. Jones is both a veteran newsman and a Times stalwart who has been with the newspaper since 1990.

“I’m glad to announce that David Jones will be stepping up from his perch as foreign editor to take on the role of interim managing editor for print. David brings an enormous breadth of experience, wisdom and innovation to this new role,” said John Solomon, executive editor of The Times.

“His leadership of our world coverage provides a model for the entire newsroom, bringing depth, context and original reporting to the day’s main news while generating a constant stream of exclusive stories that have distinguished The Times in the news marketplace. And his earlier experience at United Press International perfectly positions him for the job of transitioning the newsroom to a continuous news operation on the Web,” Mr. Solomon said.

“Credibility and traditional news values are very important to me. I was privileged during the early years of my career to learn my craft from reporters who covered every great story from the John F. Kennedy assassination to the Vietnam War, from the Alabama freedom marches to the Apollo program,” Mr. Jones said.

“As managing editor, I want to use those traditional journalism values as the very bedrock of a 21st-century newsroom, where our storytelling is bolstered by audio, video and electronic tools,” he added.

Mr. Jones brings a keen hands-on sensibility to his post.

He began his career in his native Canada as a freelancer for the Toronto Globe and Mail and joined United Press International in 1979. During his 11 years with the venerable news service, Mr. Jones was posted to Toronto, as a reporter and bureau chief; Washington; Hong Kong, as assistant Asia editor; Manila, as bureau chief; Nairobi, Kenya, as East Africa bureau chief; and London, where he served as European editor during the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989.

He came to The Times as deputy foreign editor in 1990 and was promoted to foreign editor four years later. Since coming to The Times, he has traveled to more than 20 countries, ranging from North Korea to Nicaragua, and has interviewed numerous presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers.

“All across the country, newspapers are re-examining what they do and how they can remain relevant — The Times included. Our strength is our people,” Mr. Jones said. “After 18 years here, I’ve worked closely with so many reporters and editors. Bottom line, I am completely convinced we have a terrific pool of talented people to keep pace with the marketplace changes. I want to broaden our appeal, work smarter — and better.”

A graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Jones is married to Cherie Jones. He has two stepsons and five grandchildren.

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