UPI Announces Senior Appointments - 2000

Olmsted, Horrock Named to UPI Washington Positions

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Two senior appointments in the Washington Bureau of United Press International have been announced by Editor in Chief John O'Sullivan: Dan Olmsted becomes Washington bureau chief and Nicholas Horrock has been named senior White House correspondent.

"We are fortunate to have two such energetic and experienced journalists joining us," O'Sullivan said. "They will bring shrewd and aggressive leadership to an already strong group of reporters who cover Washington and national politics for UPI."

Olmsted joined UPI in 1999 as News Desk chief after a 25-year-career with Gannett, where he was an assistant national editor for USA Today and senior editor of USA Weekend magazine. He began his newspaper career in high school in his hometown of Danville, Ill., and was a reporter and editor for Gannett's Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle before joining the startup team for USA Today in 1982. At USA Weekend, which he also helped start, he was in charge of cover stories for the 21-million circulation magazine that appears in more than 500 newspapers.

At UPI, he helped coordinate and write the wire service's coverage of the 2000 election and its marathon aftermath.

He is a graduate of Yale College and lives in Falls Church, Va. He is a member of the National Press Club, and the Yale Clubs of Washington and New York City.

Horrock is a former Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he directed White House coverage. He was investigations editor for The New York Times and directed its coverage of the Abscam bribery case and a series on immigration called Tarnished Door, which won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also worked for Newsweek magazine, where he led the Watergate investigative team.

He is a graduate of American University in Washington and a member of the Gridiron Club. He and his wife, Diane Henry, have written two mystery novels and are at work on a third. They live in Alexandria, Va.

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