David Westphal joined the center in 2010 as editor-in-chief following a nearly four-decade career as a newspaper reporter and editor. He came to USC after serving as deputy bureau chief and then bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington Bureau from 1995 to 2008. With McClatchy’s purchase of Knight Ridder in 2006, he merged the two companies’ news staffs in Washington, and also oversaw the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Prior to that he worked as a reporter and editor at The Des Moines Register for 17 years – the last seven as managing editor. He has won the National Press Club's Washington Correspondence award and is two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for Business and Financial Reporting. While he was managing editor of The Des Moines Register, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He joined USC Annenberg in 2008 as executive in residence, where he wrote about new media,government funding for the news, and foundation-funded journalism. He is a senior fellow at Annenberg’s Center for Communication Leadership and Policy.
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