Northwestern alumnus Bruce Dold named next Chicago Tribune editor

Benjamin Din, Digital Projects Editor

After nearly 40 years at the Chicago Tribune, Bruce Dold (Medill ‘77, ‘78) was named editor of the paper Wednesday.

Dold began at the Tribune in 1978 as a reporter before being appointed to the editorial board in 1990. In 2000, he was named the Tribune’s editorial page editor.

With his new appointment, Dold replaces Gerould Kern, who has been the top editor since July 2008 and with the Tribune for 25 years.

“We’re thrilled that Gerry gets to retire, which has been a long-standing discussion, and as happy that we have someone of Bruce’s caliber to become the editor of the Chicago Tribune,” the paper’s publisher, Tony Hunter, told the Tribune.

In a tweet Wednesday, Dold called the appointment “the honor of a lifetime.”

While at the Tribune, Dold received the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1994 for his coverage on the death of a three-year-old boy who was abused by his mother and neglected by the Illinois child welfare system.

During his time at Northwestern, Dold worked at a variety of campus media outlets, including The Daily and WNUR, where he was the jazz producer.

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