UPI Announces New Management Team

Here's a UPI story dated Nov. 10, 2003, announcing the formation of a new editorial management team:



WASHINGTON (UPI) -- United Press International announced Monday a new editorial management team dedicated to building and expanding the worldwide news and analysis agency.

Michael J. Marshall, executive editor of The World and I magazine, was named editor in chief of UPI's worldwide editorial operations.

Martin Walker, UPI's chief international correspondent for the past two years, was appointed editor of UPI's English-language operations.

Marshall, a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of international experience, has been with the monthly magazine since it began in 1986. As executive editor, Marshall steered The World and I into a multi-faceted educational publication that has embraced the arts, science, current affairs and scholarship.

Marshall also is executive director of the World Media Association, which provides a forum for media professionals and opinion leaders to advance journalistic ethics. <>P>Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak, president and chief executive officer of UPI, said Marshall "joins with a mandate to further expand our global reach, and work together with other members of the News World family in expanding UPI's product offerings. UPI will continue to serve as one of News World's major distribution platforms for its news, information, and analysis products."

News World Communications Inc., a global media company founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owns UPI and publishes The World and I. It also publishes The Washington Times, and other newspapers and magazines in more than 20 countries. Moon also founded the World Media Association.

Walker, an award-winning foreign correspondent whose books have been translated into 11 languages, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. He spent 25 years at Britain's The Guardian newspaper as bureau chief in Moscow, Washington and the European Union. Walker served as a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. His latest novel, "The Caves of Perigord," was published last year and reached No. 8 on the Washington Post best-seller list.

"I am delighted that Michael and Martin have agreed to lead UPI's editorial operations at this most important time in the company's 96-year history," Kwak said. "Their journalistic reputations embody the long and proud commitment this company has made to press freedom and editorial excellence. Both men are leaders in their field, with international reputations.

"I am truly confident that the bold new vision for UPI and its role in the News World family of publications is in the best of hands," he said.

Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI editor at large, said Marshall "combines scholarly erudition with journalistic instincts and I look forward to working with him on many important projects to synergize a multi-faceted, transnational organization where I started my career when it was still UP (United Press)."

De Borchgrave had been UPI's interim editor in chief since August, following the resignation of John O'Sullivan, who left UPI to become editor of The National Interest policy magazine.

De Borchgrave said Walker "is one of the very best journalists I have had the good fortune of knowing in any country since the early 1980s. He brings immense knowledge and intellectual depth to a profession with a dearth of such talent."