The Times names Daily Ok­la­homan’s Kel­ley new edi­tor

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Ed Kel­ley, a vet­eran jour­nal­ist and award-win­ning edi­tor and re­porter, has been named the new edi­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Times.

Mr. Kel­ley, who is leav­ing his post as edi­tor of the Ok­la­homan in Ok­la­homa City, will over­see news and opin­ion con­tent for Wash­ing­ton Times Me­dia, a mul­ti­plat­form news or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­cused on ex­clu­sive re­port­ing and com­pelling con­ser­va­tive opin­ion. He as­sumes his du­ties July 1.

“The com­pany had con­ducted a na­tion­wide search to iden­tify the best edi­tor who would fit the unique news mis­sion of The Wash­ing­ton Times. Ed Kel­ley is an ex­cel­lent choice to ad­vance The Wash­ing­ton Times as it builds a mul­ti­me­dia news com­pany with au­di­ences through­out the United States and the world,” said Dou­glas D.M. Joo, chair­man of The Wash­ing­ton Times LLC.

Mr. Kel­ley, 58, was named edi­tor of the year by the Na­tional Press Foun­da­tion in 1996, served as a Pulitzer Prize ju­ror and was in­ducted into the Ok­la­homa Jour­nal­ism Hall of Fame in 2003, the year he be­came edi­tor of the Ok­la­homan. Be­fore tak­ing the helm, Mr. Kel­ley served in vir­tu­ally ev­ery key editorial po­si­tion at the pa­per, in­clud­ing editorial page edi­tor, man­ag­ing edi­tor and Wash­ing­ton-based cor­re­spon­dent and bu­reau chief.

Mr. Kel­ley over­saw the pa­per’s cov­er­age of the April 1995 bomb­ing of the Al­fred P. Mur­rah Fed­eral Build­ing in Ok­la­homa City that won wide­spread praise, in­clud­ing na­tional hon­ors for dead­line re­port­ing and spot news pho­tog­ra­phy from the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists.

“I am ex­cited about work­ing with The Wash­ing­ton Times’ jour­nal­ists and ed­i­tors to con­tinue The Times’ long his­tory of trusted news and con­ser­va­tive opin­ion,” Mr. Kel­ley said June 10 upon his ap­point­ment be­ing made pub­lic.

“I am also ex­cited about the prospect of ex­pand­ing the Wash­ing­ton metropoli­tan and na­tional au­di­ence for wash­ing­ton­ and the growth of The Times in other dig­i­tal, mo­bile, ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and print me­dia.”

Christy Ever­est, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for the Ok­la­homa Pub­lish­ing Co., pub­lisher of the Ok­la­homan, praised Mr. Kel­ley and said “there couldn’t have been a bet- ter choice” when he was named the pa­per’s top edi­tor in 2003.

Mr. Kel­ley be­gan his ca­reer at the Ok­la­homan as a sum­mer in­tern in 1974 and be­came a full­time re­porter af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa a year later. He has been a gen­eral as­sign­ment re­porter, city edi­tor and busi­ness edi­tor dur­ing his ca­reer at the news­pa­per.

“For more than 35 years, he has served with in­tegrity, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and the high­est jour­nal­is­tic prin­ci­ples,” Ms. Ever­est said.

Mr. Kel­ley’s skill in new me­dia strate­gies has won him recog­ni­tion, par­tic­u­larly through “Ok­la­homa Mat­ters,” his daily video com­men­tary on is­sues of pub­lic in­ter­est, posted on­line for read­ers. He also shep­herded the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion and re­design of his for­mer pa­per to suit a chang­ing, com­pet­i­tive me­dia land­scape.

“The Wash­ing­ton Times, and our read­ers, are very for­tu­nate to have an edi­tor with Ed Kel­ley’s stature and ex­pe­ri­ence,” Times Pres­i­dent Thomas P. McDe­vitt said. “His tra­di­tional sense of news cred­i­bil­ity and valu­able in­sight into new me­dia makes him one of the finest news ed­i­tors in Amer­ica.”

Mr. Kel­ley fills a po­si­tion left va­cant since the 29-year-old pa­per was pur­chased in Novem­ber by a group op­er­at­ing on be­half of the pa­per’s founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The news­pa­per, which un­der­went a short-lived own­er­ship change and staff and cir­cu­la­tion cuts in 2010, rein­tro­duced an ex­panded edi­tion in March that re­stored cov­er­age in sports, lo­cal news and the arts. As part of the ex­pan­sion, re­gional home de­liv­ery also was re­in­stated.

The Times’ man­ag­ing edi­tor, Christo­pher Dolan, and editorial page edi­tor, Brett M. Decker, will con­tinue in their roles.

A na­tive of Perry, Okla., Mr. Kel­ley be­gan his jour­nal­ism ca­reer with his home­town pa­per, cov­er­ing lo­cal sports for the Perry Daily Jour­nal.

He is a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Kel­ley is a mem­ber of the ad­vi­sory board for the Gay­lord Col­lege of Jour­nal­ism and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa, is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of News­pa­per Ed­i­tors and is on the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee of the Ethics and Ex­cel­lence in Jour­nal­ism Foun­da­tion.

He is mar­ried to Ca­role Kel­ley, an ed­u­ca­tor and head ad­min­is­tra­tor for a charter school in Ok­la­homa. The Kel­leys have two adult sons liv­ing in Wash­ing­ton and an adult daugh­ter who lives in Ok­la­homa City.

Ok­la­homan Pub­lisher David Thompson said in a state­ment that “Ed’s work and in­flu­ence runs deep within our com­pany and this state.”

“He is a man of char­ac­ter and in­tegrity and will be greatly missed by our com­pany and the state of Ok­la­homa. We wish noth­ing but the best for him and Ca­role.”

Ed Kel­ley

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