Scott Dodd named director of news for National

We’re thrilled to share that Scott Dodd, one of the most inventive and collaborative writers in our office, has been promoted to National’s News Director, where he will oversee all of our live and breaking news coverage.

Scott has taken the art of daytime publishing to a new level since taking the job last spring. He starts each morning by applying his keen judgment on which stories to surface on the desk (and which ones don’t). It never settles for the traditional way of covering a story (i.e. 800 words in print or bust). And nowhere has that been clearer than in his handling of our weather coverage.

A weather story is never just a weather story. It’s about unprecedented climate change, politics, responsibility and above all about serving readers. Scott started and ran a weather blog so the newsroom could more easily up or down coverage levels. Just last week he led our live work on Hurricane Ian, bringing together colleagues from National, Express and Live to deliver exceptional coverage that set a new standard for instant reporting, both more visual and visceral. He has also edited excellent corporate coverage on climate change, including Simon Romero’s recent story on a drinking water crisis in New Mexico and Americans living with disabilities.

Yet another bonus about Scott: he knows how to constantly improve our operation, which means smoother navigation through time for all of us, especially the national journalists who jostle the most in the field.

Scott arrived at The Times in 2018 as one of the first floating editors on the Flex desk, making his first round on National and joining us full-time a few months before Covid arrived. He’s had a varied journalism career, including stints in magazines and digital media, and gained extensive hurricane experience as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer, where he also covered everything from the military to NASCAR.

We will soon be looking for a new day editor; once that’s done, Scott will move on to a later schedule.

Please join us in congratulating Scott.

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