Gerald M. Boyd
|Gerald M. Boyd|
|Born||Gerald Michael Boyd
October 3, 1950
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
|Died||November 23, 2006
New York, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer.|
|Occupation||Journalist, Newspaper Editor, Journalism Consultant & Lecturer|
|Known for||First African-American managing editor of the New York Times|
|Children||1 son, Zachary|
Gerald Michael Boyd (October 3, 1950 – November 23, 2006) was an American journalist. He was the first African-American metropolitan editor and managing editor at The New York Times and received a Nieman Fellowship.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Boyd won a full scholarship to the University of Missouri, with a guaranteed job to follow at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He attended the university and graduated in 1973.
After joining the New York Times, Boyd led coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes:
- The 1993 World Trade Center bombing
- A series on poor children
- Race relations in the United States
Boyd also shared the leadership of The Times following the September 11, 2001 attacks, coverage that earned seven Pulitzer prizes. In 2002 he won National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year award.
Boyd and executive editor Howell Raines resigned in June 2003 in the wake of the Jayson Blair controversy surrounding plagiarism and fabrication. He was succeeded by co-managing editors Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes.
- Barringer, Felicity (November 24, 2006), "Gerald M. Boyd, Who Broke Barriers as an Editor at The Times, Dies at 56". The New York Times.
- "Gerald M. Boyd." Who's Who Among African Americans, 16th ed. Gale Group, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC Document Number: K1645541403
- Long, Colleen (November 24, 2006), "Ex-NY Times managing editor dies at 56". Associated Press via Yahoo.com.]
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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