2005 Lifetime

2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree
Byron E. "Barney" Calame
Public Editor
The New York Times

Byron E. “Barney” Calame became public editor for The New York Times on June 1, 2005. As the reader’s representative, his responsibilities include making sure their concerns are heard and publicly assessing the paper’s journalistic integrity.

Calame retired at the end of 2004 as a deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. His responsibilities included paper-wide quality control, maintaining and monitoring reporting and ethical standards, and taking charge of the Journal in the absence of the managing editor.

"Great editors are usually defined by the great stories they have shepherded into print," the Journal noted in nominating Calame for the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award. "Less obviously, but equally important, they can be judged by the stories they have kept out of the paper. Barney’s legend at the Journal is built on his talents in both realms. But Barney is perhaps best known for the way his tremendous news instincts are moored in something of incalculable value to journalism: an extraordinarily powerful moral compass."

Calame, who is 66 years old, had joined the Journal in September 1965 and worked as a reporter in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., before becoming a bureau chief in Pittsburgh in 1974. He returned to Los Angeles as bureau chief in September 1978 and in 1985 became an assistant managing editor in charge of West Coast coverage. He returned to New York as a senior editor in 1987, and in May 1992, he became the deputy managing editor.

From 1961 to 1965, Calame served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on a minesweeper that was part of the first division of ships assigned to duty in South Vietnam, and as a public information officer in Washington.

Calame was honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in 2002 with its Distinguished Achievement Award. The award cited his tireless efforts on behalf of The Wall Street Journal and business journalism in general. He served as president of the 3,200-member national organization of business journalists during 2000-2001. Earlier this month (June 2005), he received the Elliott V. Bell Award from the New York Financial Writers Association for “a significant long-term contribution to the profession of financial journalism.”

Calame is the recipient of a 1996 Faculty-Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He was the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of Missouri in 1997. In 2004, he became the 55th recipient of the Beta Theta Pi national fraternity's Oxford Cup award for "distinguished service and accomplishments in his chosen field." In 1996, he was a participant in the Bill Moyers television series, "Genesis, A Living Conversation."

A native of Missouri, Calame received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in political science from the University of Maryland.

He is married to Kathryn Calame, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of microbiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. They have two grown children.

 

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