Bill Keller


Bill Keller

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name = Bill Keller


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occupation = Executive Editor
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Bill Keller (born January 18, 1949) is executive editor of "The New York Times". Keller is the son of former chairman and chief executive of the Chevron Corporation, George M. Keller, [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0DE0D71438F932A25757C0A96F958260 WEDDINGS; Emma Gilbey and Bill Keller - New York Times ] ] Bill Keller attended the Roman Catholic schools St. Matthews and Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. After graduating from Pomona College in 1970 where he began his journalistic career by founding an independent newspaper called The Collegian (later called The Collage), he was a reporter in Portland with "The Oregonian", the "Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report", and at "The Dallas Times Herald".

The New York Times

He joined "The New York Times" in 1984 and served in the following capacities:
* Reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau (1984 - 1986)
* Reporter in the Moscow bureau (1986 - 1988)
* Bureau chief in the Moscow bureau (1988- 1991)
* Bureau chief in the Johannesburg bureau (1992 -1995)
* Foreign editor in the New York City bureau (1995- 1997)
* Managing editor in the New York City bureau (1997 - 2001)
* Op-ed columnist and senior writer in the New York City bureau (2001 - 2003)
* Executive editor in the New York City bureau from July 2003 to the present.

Keller won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his reporting on the breakup of the former Soviet Union (USSR).

2003 Invasion of Iraq

Keller was one of the leading liberal supporters of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, explaining his backing for military action in his article ' [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50914F6395F0C7B8CDDAB0894DB404482 The I-Can't-Believe-I'm-A-Hawk Club] '. Two days after the invasion, Keller wrote the column ' [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0915F634550C718EDDAA0894DB404482 Why Colin Powell Should Go] 'arguing for US Secretary of State's resignation because his strategy of diplomacy at the UN had failed. In contrast, Keller was much more sympathetic to Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, describing him as the ' [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30D13FE3C540C718EDDA00894DA404482 Sunshine Warrior] '.

Judith Miller

Keller spoke on July 6, 2005 in defense of Judith Miller and her refusal to give up documents relating to the Valerie Plame case.

NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program

Keller is reported to have refused to answer questions from "The Times" public editor, Byron Calame, on the timing of the December 16, 2005 article on the classified National Security Agency (NSA) Terrorist Surveillance Program. "The Times" series of articles on this topic won a Pulitzer Prize. The source of the disclosure of this NSA program has been investigated by the United States Justice Department. The NSA program itself is being reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as to whether it sidesteps the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and after "The Times" articles, the Administration changed its procedures, allowing for more safeguards and more Congressional and judicial oversight.

Keller discussed the deliberations behind the Times' decision to publish the story in a July 5, 2006 PBS interview with Jeffrey Brown that included a discussion of the issues involved with former National Security Agency Director Admiral Bobby Ray Inman. [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec06/nytimes_07-05.html]

WIFT

Keller and "The Times" also published a story on another classified program to monitor terrorist-related financial transactions through the Brussels, Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) on June 23, 2006. Many commentators, [http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjE4ODFmMmI3ZmM5ZGE4ZDQxNmY1ODA5YTQ3NzkxZWQ] as well as some elected officials such as U.S. Congressman Peter T. King, [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-paper26jun26,1,2766639.story?coll=la-news-politics-national&track=crosspromo] called for the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute "The New York Times" and the confidential sources who leaked the existence of this counter-terrorism program despite relevant statutes that forbid revealing classified information that could threaten national security, especially in a time of war.

In an attempt to respond to criticism stemming from the disclosure of the classified Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, the NSA program's official name, Keller stated in a published [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/business/media/25keller-letter.html/partner/rssnyt?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all letter] that President Bush himself had acknowledged as early as September 2001 that efforts were underway "to identify and investigate the financial infrastructure of the international terrorist networks" and "to follow the money as a trail to the terrorists." In an Op-ed column in "The Times", Keller, together with "Los Angeles Times" editor Dean Baquet wrote that "Our job, especially in times like these, is to bring our readers information that will enable them to judge how well their elected leaders are fighting on their behalf and at what price." Keller's critics, including U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, responded to Keller's letter by pointing out that there is a vast difference between stating general intentions to track terrorist finances and the exact means employed to achieve those goals. But, as Keller wrote, this was the same Secretary Snow who invited a group of reporters to a 6-day trip on a military aircraft "to show off the department's efforts to track terrorist financing."

References

External links

* [http://www.nytimes.com/ref/opinion/KELLER-BIO.html Biography]
* [http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/k/bill_keller/index.html Recent and archived news articles by Bill Keller] of "The New York Times", including old opinion columns.
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* [http://www.newyorkmetro.com/news/media/20334/?imw=Y "The United States of America vs. Bill Keller," New York Magazine, Sept. 2006]


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