Margaret Sullivan named NY Times public editor

July 16, 2012 - 1:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has named Margaret M. Sullivan, of The Buffalo News, as its new public editor.

The newspaper made the announcement Monday.

In her 32 years in journalism, Sullivan has held many roles at the Buffalo newspaper, most recently as editor and vice president since 1999. Sullivan began her career at the newspaper in 1980 as a reporter and metro columnist. She was also assistant city editor, assistant managing editor for features and managing editor.

The Times' public editor functions as an independent voice and responds to reader comments about the newspaper's coverage and about journalism.

Sullivan replaces Arthur S. Brisbane, who had been the publisher and editor of The Kansas City Star before taking the public editor job. Brisbane's three-year term ends Sept. 1.