NYT national editor talks international coverage, leadership

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A visit to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences topped the itinerary of Marc Lacey, national editor of The New York Times, who would spend the rest of his weekend in Detroit, meeting with 22 of the newspaper’s correspondents.

MSU Mastercard Fellow Gloria Nzeka and ComArtSci Dean Prabu David interviewed Lacey, asking about reportage of Africa, press responsibility, among other topics.


Marc Lacey, an associate managing editor at The New York Times, runs the National Desk, which has correspondents in 14 cities across the country and is responsible for covering news and enterprise throughout the United States. Marc joined The Times in 1999 and has worked as a White House correspondent, a foreign correspondent based in Nairobi and Mexico City, and a national correspondent at the U.S.-Mexico border. As an editor, he has been a deputy on the Foreign Desk and the weekend editor. Marc was a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2018 and 2019 and he led coverage of the Las Vegas shootings and the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, both of which were nominated for the Pulitzer for breaking news coverage. At the Los Angeles Times, where he worked previously, he covered Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial and participated in the Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots and the Northridge earthquake. He got his start in journalism at the Cornell Daily Sun, where he was the editor in chief.

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