Philip Bennett (Washington Post)


Philip Bennett (Washington Post)

Philip Bennett, an American journalist, was named managing editor of the Washington Post in 2004. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28684-2004Nov5.html Post Names Philip Bennett as New Managing Editor (washingtonpost.com) ] ] He was previously deputy national editor of national security, defense and foreign policy coverage and assistant managing editor for foreign news at the Post. From 1984-1997, he was a journalist at the Boston Globe, where he was a foreign correspondent, metropolitan reporter, assistant editor of Metro news, and finally the Globe's foreign editor.

A native of the San Francisco area, Bennett is a Harvard graduate who describes his outlook this way: "I love newspapers and the people who make them." He has been described by other journalists as “a low-key man with a studious air.”

Bennet’s career began when he traveled to Peru "on a lark" in 1982 and became a stringer for the Post, two years later he joined the Boston Globe as a local reporter. He met his wife, who is now a professor of Latin American literature at Georgetown University, in Peru.

In a 2008 speech, "Covering Islam: a Challenge for American Journalism," delivered at the University of California at Irvine, where Bennett was the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow Lecturer, [ [http://www.chancellor.uci.edu/cdfs.shtml Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series ] ] Bennett said, “At the Post I want more Muslim readers and I want more Muslim journalists,” and called on news organizations to hire more Muslim journalists so that Americans could be taught to understand “the basic tenets of Islam.” [ [http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1168&context=csd/ Covering Islam: a Challenge for American Journalism] ] The speech was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine. [http://www.chancellor.uci.edu/cdfs.shtml Click "Philip Bennett" to see sponsorship information.] In October 2008, Bennett gave a speech at Amherst College titled "The Presidential Race, What's the Story?" [ [https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/71105/ The Presidential Race, What's the Story?] ]

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