In a note to staff, Catherine Kim, NBC News Digital’s executive editor, announced the hire of David Firestone as managing editor. “David will work closely with me as we continue to expand our newsroom, refine our editorial mission, innovate and evolve and build a loyal audience across all our platforms and products,” writes Kim. Firestone will also be responsible for overseeing daily and enterprise coverage and the reporters, editors and video staff who make it happen.
When Firestone arrives on May 1, he will bring with him a deep well of reporting, editing and writing experience that includes local and national coverage of politics as well as coverage of major events like Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession.
Most recently, he had been managing editor at FiveThirtyEight, joining in May 2015. Prior to that, he had been a longtime New York Times newsman, starting out as Queens bureau chief in 1993 and working his way through a number of positions that included City Hall bureau chief, national correspondent, Washington correspondent and deputy editor roles on both the metropolitan and national desks. At the time of his move to FiveThirtyEight, he had been a member of the Times’ editorial board, where he was assistant editor for projects and wrote editorials related to issues that included politics, Congress, campaign finance and voter laws.
We’re fans of personal details in hiring announcements, so here is Kim on Firestone’s baseball and barbecue preferences: “David has also worked at newspapers in Dallas and in Kansas City, where he grew up and still visits when he needs some real barbecue and a Royals home game. No doubt that’ll get our rabid Mets fans in the newsroom talking!”