Dean Baquet, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and managing editor for news at The New York Times, will present the keynote address of the 56th Institute on Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University on Friday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater.
The title of Baquet’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Why the Big News Organizations and Their Anonymous Sources Matter.”
Baquet was Washington bureau chief for The Times from March 2007 to September 2011 after serving as deputy Metro editor and then editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2000 to 2007.
Previously, Baquet had been national editor of The New York Times since July 1995, after having served as deputy Metro editor since May 1995. He joined The Times in April 1990 as a Metro reporter. In May 1992, he became special projects editor for the business desk.
Before joining The Times, Baquet was an associate Metro editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter covering corruption in politics for the Chicago Tribune from December 1984 to March 1990 and prior to that he reported for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years.
While at the Chicago Tribune, Baquet was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council. He wasa finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in the investigative reporting category and has received numerous local and regional awards.
Baquet holds a degree in English from Columbia University.
The Journalism Ethics Institute is a two-day event that brings together eminent professionals from throughout the country and students in the journalism ethics class to explore ethical cases that the journalists present.
The institutes are funded by the Knight Program in Journalism Ethics and are co-sponsored by W&L's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.