Minard Editor Award Honoree
Timothy K. Smith
Assistant Managing Editor
Tim Smith is an assistant managing editor at Fortune, responsible mainly for editing feature stories. A former boss once described him as “the editor we throw big stories to when they’re on fire.
Smith has no education in business or economics, and he is very nearly innumerate. Yet somehow he has found a happy career in business journalism, first at The Wall Street Journal and then, since 1994, at Fortune.
He joined the Journal as a copy editor, part of the team that launched The Wall Street Journal Europe in 1982. He became that paper’s Page One editor, then moved to the domestic edition and served as a writer and editor in the Washington, Atlanta and New York bureaus. In 12 years at the Journal he had a single correction, and that was for a misplaced decimal point.
Both at the Journal and at Fortune, Smith has had the privilege of working with many of the finest writers in the business press. He sometimes wonders why they put up with him, particularly as they often joke about his opaque editorial suggestions. One Fortune writer insists that Smith asked him to reshape a story so as to “make it a parabola.” (Smith believes this is a canard.)
A native of New York City, Smith has a B.A. in history from Brown University. He is also a graduate of La Sorbonne in Paris, and of a school for auto mechanics in Washington, D.C. He lives in Bronxville, N.Y., with his wife, Priscilla Painton, who is an executive editor at Time magazine, and their children, Anthony and Isabel.
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