New York Times Executive Editor to Lecture at UM

March 30, 2015

MISSOULA – Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver the University of Montana School of Journalism’s 58th annual Dean Stone Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the University Center Ballroom.

Baquet’s lecture is titled “Quality Journalism in the Digital Age – Challenges & Opportunities.” The event is free and open to the public.

Baquet was named executive editor of The New York Times in May 2014.

Prior to being named executive editor, Baquet was managing editor of the Times. During various periods at the paper, he served as a metro reporter, Washington bureau chief, national editor and metro editor. Baquet also worked at The Los Angeles Times, where he was editor and managing editor.

While working at the Chicago Tribune, Baquet served as associate metro editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry.

He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in March 1988, when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council. He also was a finalist for a Pulitzer in 1994 in the investigative reporting category, and has received numerous local and regional awards.

UM School of Journalism Dean Larry Abramson says Baquet is the perfect choice for a lecture that marks the beginning of a second century of journalism education at UM.

“Reporters and editors are watching the Times closely to see how the paper faces the challenges of the digital revolution,” Abramson said. “This is a great chance for our students to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of a great news organization.”

The lecture is named for the first dean of the UM School of Journalism, Arthur Stone. The series brings a renowned journalist to campus each year to mentor journalism students and deliver a public lecture.

Contact: UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4001,