Lacey named NYT deputy foreign editor

A memo to the New York Times staff says: “We searched at home and abroad, the foreign desk and all its dominions, and found the next deputy foreign editor in: Phoenix, Arizona. Of course this is less of a surprise than it may seem. The Phoenix correspondent is Marc Lacey, a longtime and close colleague of many of us, veteran of Latin America, East Africa, and Washington before that. We are thrilled to lure him back to foreign.” The full memo is after the jump.

Memo to NYT staff from foreign editor Joe Kahn and deputy foreign editor Michael Slackman

Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:14 PM
To: !NYHQ-frontings
Subject: Announcement from Foreign

All,

We searched at home and abroad, the foreign desk and all its dominions, and found the next deputy foreign editor in: Phoenix, Arizona. Of course this is less of a surprise than it may seem. The Phoenix correspondent is Marc Lacey, a longtime and close colleague of many of us, veteran of Latin America, East Africa, and Washington before that. We are thrilled to lure him back to foreign.

Whether following Somali refugees on the Arabian Sea, drug routes in Central America, gang violence in Mexico, or the ethnic complexities of Darfur, Marc found intrepid and deeply human ways to illustrate the news. You may recall his story about Benky’s grueling initiation ritual into a Guatemalan gang or the secret biological powers of Kenyan lakes. Marc managed to turn a trip to the Turks and Caicos into a frontpage story, a dateline that he can probably retire now.

There were glimpses in all that travel of another side of Marc, of an almost impossibly patient and cooperative colleague who thrived as a player/coach. He helped draw together threads of the 2008 global food crisis into a compelling page one lede-all. He helped to shepherd our coverage of the Haiti earthquake and coordinate a team of reporters lacking food, water and power. He takes great pride in our foreign coverage, and we think you’ll enjoy working closely with him.

Marc will begin immersing himself in editing ways in early January and move to New York full-time by the end of that month. You’ll be hearing from him soon.

Joe and Michael

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