Gerald M. Boyd

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Gerald M. Boyd
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Born Gerald Michael Boyd
(1950-10-03)October 3, 1950
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died November 23, 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 56)
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
Spouse(s) Robin Stone
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:

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.[1]

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.

After resigning, Boyd worked as a consultant and kept an office at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Boyd died in Manhattan of complications from lung cancer.


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