2023 Murrow Symposium features first NYT Black executive editor

The symposium will take place April 4 and 5



The Murrow Symposium takes place annually.

PUNEET BSANTI, Deputy news editor

Dean Baquet, the first Black executive editor for The New York Times, will receive the Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award at the Murrow Symposium. The symposium will take place April 4 and 5 on the third floor of the Compton Union Building.

“For more than 47 years, Baquet has had a dramatic impact on the American news media,” the Murrow Symposium website said. “Born and raised in the Tremé district of New Orleans, Baquet began his career as an intern for what was then the New Orleans States-Item (later the New Orleans Times-Picayune), eventually earning a full-time post as a reporter.”

The Murrow Symposium also features Melissa Barnes, the former vice president of Twitter Canada and Latin America as the opening keynote speaker and Brad Goode, an award-winning newsman and TV host for the keynote. 

Baquet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and under his leadership managed notable reporting from NYT journalists, including Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations and reporter safety during Donald Trump’s presidency. 

Past recipients of the Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award include Ann Curry and Lester Holt.