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Posts Tagged ‘Joel Dreyfuss’

The Root Promotes Williams to Deputy Editor

The Washington Post Company’s African American news and commentary site, The Root, has announced the promotion of Associate Editor Lauren Williams to Deputy Editor.  Joel Dreyfuss left at the end of November and was succeeded as Managing Editor by Sheryl Huggins Salomon, who had been Deputy Editor.

Lauren has been Associate Editor of The Root since the fall of 2010.

Her past… Lauren has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She also studied cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and loves to show off her cooking skills to friends and family — when she can find the time.

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NPR Hit With Lack of Diversity Charge

The Juan Williams debacle may be over. But accusations of a lack of diversity at NPR are not. Early this morning The Root‘s Managing Editor and founder of the Nat. Assoc. of Black Journalists  Joel Dreyfuss sent an open letter to Gary Knell, the new chief of NPR, on what he sees are the station’s lingering “diversity” problems.

Drefuss first praises Knell for taking steps to embrace diversity and said he has said “all the right things” since his appointment was announced last week.

But he warned him not to conclude that NPR’s problems with race are over: “Don’t mistake the fiery exit of Williams as just a nasty personnel matter gone nuclear. His departure was a sad commentary on the monochromatic vision of many liberal institutions — a disease that NPR has not escaped.”

He remembered a conversation he had with the now former NPR employee who fired Williams, Ellen Weiss. at a convention of the Association of Black Journalists. He asked her why “All Things Considered” was “so white.” She said it wasn’t — they had Williams. Dreyfuss recalled, “I almost choked on my stuffed mushroom.” He later added this zinger, “NPR has never been comfortable with black voices and brown voices and white voices that challenged conventional liberal thinking.”

Read the full letter here.

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THE ROOT Names Joel Dreyfuss EIC

Joel Dreyfuss, formerly the editor-in-chief of Red Herring, has been named the new managing editor of THE ROOT. Prior to Red Herring, Dreyfuss held senior editorial positions at Fortune Magazine where he was senior editor and Tokyo bureau chief; the editor of PC Magazine, executive editor of Black Enterprise magazine, and editor-in-chief of Urban Box Office. He also served as USA Today‘s New York Bureau Chief, and staff writer at The Washington Post, The AP, The New York Post, and Bloomberg LP.

Dreyfuss assumes his new position today.