New York Times Names Dean Murphy Editor of Business Day

The New York Times has named Dean Murphy the new editor of Business Day. He has been with the Times since 2000; most recently serving as deputy editor of Business Day. Prior to that Murphy was the Times’ national editor from 2005 to 2010.

Murphy succeeds Larry Ingrassia, who — according to a memo sent by Jill Abramson — will take on a yet-to-be-named “larger role at the paper,” starting next year.

The full note from Abramson is below.


I am pleased to announce that Dean Murphy will be the next editor of Business Day. Dean is one of our most accomplished editors, a staunch advocate for reporters and a fine writer himself.  He has a wonderful eye for stories, from news to enterprise. His years of reporting from abroad and from both coasts as well as his role as deputy national editor brought heart and breadth to our already superb business report.

This year in Bizday Dean edited some of our most groundbreaking work, stories that reflect the ambition and imagination of Bizday’s reporting team  —  David Barboza’s stories about the hidden wealth accumulated by the family of Wen Jiabao, the iEconomy series, and Degrees of Debt.

Dean came to The Times after working as a foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, with postings in Warsaw and Johannesburg. After joining The New York Times in 2000, he covered Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign and Michael Bloomberg’s “long-shot” run for mayor. As San Francisco correspondent, he covered the successful — and colorful — campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dean became deputy national editor in 2005, and moved to the business section in 2010, as a deputy.

Larry Ingrassia will take on a larger role at the paper, the details of which will be announced in the new year. But this is a good moment to stop and applaud a great business editor, who led his staff to three Pulitzer Prizes, and many other awards. Larry led the coverage of the country’s economic collapse, pushed the kind of accountablity journalism that has become a hallmark of The Times, and led a digital transition exemplified by the creation of Dealbook and the Bits blog.  And he had great partners, including Winnie O’Kelley, one of our finest editors, and, of course, Dean.