Mike Wilson, who resigned as Tampa Bay Times managing editor a year ago to join Nate Silver’s FiveThirty Eight, is interviewing for the Dallas Morning News editor job. (Bob Mong is stepping down sometime next year.) Wilson will be in Dallas Thursday and Friday. I’m told: “Mike is the sole finalist and the only one doing a meet-and-greet.”
The memo from Mong and News publisher Jim Moroney:
To: One and All
From: Jim and Bob
Re: Visit by editor candidate
We are pleased that Mike Wilson will be in the newsroom Thursday and Friday to get better acquainted with our staff.
Mike asked to meet with as many journalists as we could pack into his two days here, and we have accommodated him with a very busy schedule.
He comes to us with a distinguished track record as a reporter, author, digital and print newsroom leader and proponent of high quality narrative writing. Currently, Mike works closely with Nate Silver as managing editor of FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s first-ever publishing effort not dedicated exclusively to sports.
Previously Mike served as managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newsroom. He oversaw a staff of 240 that published some of America’s best journalism. Mike rose to managing editor after having led the paper’s acclaimed enterprise team for three years. Under his direction, the Times’ Lane DeGregory won a Pulitzer Prize and another staffer was a finalist for feature writing. Mike also was a finalist for a Pulitzer in investigative reporting while on the staff of the Miami Herald.
He is also the author of two books: Right on the Edge of Crazy (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team; and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison (1997), about the CEO of Oracle Corp.
Mike is a Connecticut native and graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts.