Watching the watchdogs

Clark Hoyt ’64, who won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s and was for many years Washington bureau chief for the Knight Ridder chain, now finds himself on the front lines of journalism ethics, assessing the work of writers, editors and photographers at The New York Times, writes David McKay Wilson of Columbia College Today.

“It’s a strange job,” says Hoyt, 67, one day in January during an interview in his office at the Times headquarters in midtown Manhattan. “You are called upon to pass judgment in a very public way. It’s not an easy job. But I find it fascinating. I’m allowed to think about issues I’ve dealt with for my entire career. And I hope it has been useful to the Times and the Times’ readers.”

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