Media Moves

NY Times makes editorial changes in Standards

October 23, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Philip B. Corbett | The New York Times Company
Phil Corbett (Photo: NY Times)

Phil Corbett, standards editor at The New York Times has decided to step back from his role and take on the role of senior editor, Standards.

In his new role, Corbett will work on longer-term projects, offer guidance and answer queries. He had led Standards for the past 14 years. An excerpt from the Times reads:

“It would be impossible to overstate the impact that Phil has had on the newsroom as Standards editor. He has been an unfailing source of wise counsel during tremendous journalistic, political and cultural upheaval.”


Susan Wessling
Susan Wessling

In his place, Susan Wessling has been named Standards editor. The Times reports:

“As Standards editor, Susan will be the main point person for top newsroom leaders and department heads on all standards topics. She’ll redouble our commitment to independence in our coverage. She’ll strengthen our processes and training to provide guidance in all aspects of our sprawling report, with special attention to newer and less traditional forms of journalism. “And she’ll guide the team to amplify the voice of Standards throughout the newsroom and the company. Susan will also tap into her extensive experience as a journalist to advise us on a wide range of issues beyond standards as part of our newsroom leadership council.”

In her 19 years at the Times, she has held various roles, including assistant science editor, copy desks deputy editor, and recently deputy editor, Standards. Previously, she worked at the Times from January 1997 to March 2001.

She also held editorial roles at the International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Courier-Journal in Louisville.

Wessling graduated from Western Kentucky University.

Be sure to congratulate Corbett and Wessling on X/Twitter.

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