Jack­son named Wash­ing­ton Times ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY CHRISTO­PHER DOLAN

Vet­eran jour­nal­ist David S. Jack­son has been named ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Times, com­pany pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Beasley an­nounced Nov. 7.

Mr. Jack­son, a for­mer cor­re­spon­dent for Time mag­a­zine and di­rec­tor of the Voice of Amer­ica, started his ca­reer in news­pa­pers and later served in se­nior news­man­age­ment po­si­tions over­see­ing on­line, broad­cast­ing and print op­er­a­tions. Since Fe­bru­ary, he has been work­ing as a strate­gic plan­ning con­sul­tant for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

“We’re for­tu­nate to have a jour­nal­ist of David’s cal­iber who has both in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and a track record of grow­ing au­di­ences through solid re­port­ing and the cre­ative use of mul­ti­me­dia,” Mr. Beasley said. “The In­ter­net age has given news or­ga­ni­za­tions ac­cess to larger po­ten­tial au­di­ences than ever be­fore, and David has the back­ground and skills to help us reach those au­di­ences.”

Mr. Jack­son, who will as­sume his new role im­me­di­ately, said, “These are ex­cit­ing times to be in the news busi­ness, and I’m look­ing for­ward to help­ing The Times build on its rep­u­ta­tion of pro­vid­ing the kind of in­de­pen­dent and trusted voice — both on­line and in print — that is so rare to find in to­day’s crowded news en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mr. Jack­son be­gan his ca­reer at the City News Bureau in Chicago, a wire ser­vice, and the Chicago Daily News. In 1978, he joined Time mag­a­zine, where he spent 23 years as a cor­re­spon­dent, bureau chief, and se­nior cor­re­spon­dent based in Chicago, Wash­ing­ton, Hous­ton, Cairo, Seoul, Hong Kong, San Fran­cisco and Los Angeles.

As a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent, he re­ported from dozens of coun­tries, and as Time’s chief tech­nol­ogy cor­re­spon­dent, he led the mag­a­zine’s cov­er­age of the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the In­ter­net as a tool for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­merce.

Af­ter the ter­ror­ist at­tacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Jack­son cre­ated and edited a pub­lic web­site for the De­fense Depart­ment de­voted to news and in­for­ma­tion about the war against ter­ror­ism. In Septem­ber 2002, he was ap­pointed by the U.S. Broad­cast­ing Board of Gov­er­nors as the 26th di­rec­tor of the Voice of Amer­ica, the na­tion’s lead­ing in­ter­na­tional broad­cast­ing ser­vice that pro­vides news and in­for­ma­tion in 44 lan­guages to au­di­ences around the world.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, VOA’s global au­di­ence grew by onethird, to nearly 120 mil­lion peo­ple, and VOA’s web­site was named one of Google’s top 10 In­ter­net des­ti­na­tions for in­ter­na­tional news. The Broad­cast­ing Board gave him a Dis­tin­guished Honor Award in recog­ni­tion of his achieve­ments.

Mr. Jack­son later worked as a se­nior ad­viser for com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the State Depart­ment and served as the first di­rec­tor of De­fense Me­dia Ac­tiv­ity, an agency that con­sol­i­dated the print, broad­cast and on­line me­dia op­er­a­tions of the De­fense Depart­ment and the mil­i­tary ser­vices into one or­ga­ni­za­tion. In that role, he over­saw all Amer­i­can Forces Net­work (AFN) ra­dio and tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing and In­ter­net sup­port op­er­a­tions, plus the Stars and Stripes news­pa­per and other el­e­ments.

An hon­ors grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, Mr. Jack­son is a mem­ber of the Wash­ing­ton In­sti­tute of For­eign Af­fairs and the Pub­lic Diplo­macy Coun­cil. He and his wife, Su­san, a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer, and their daugh­ter live in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area.

David S. Jack­son

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