Scripps Appoints Ellen Weiss D.C. Bureau Chief
CINCINNATI -- Ellen Weiss,
an accomplished journalist and successful news executive, will take
charge of The E.W. Scripps Co.'s multimedia news bureau
in Washington, D.C., effective Feb. 11, 2013.
As vice president and bureau chief, Weiss will oversee a growing team
of investigative reporters whose stories appear in all Scripps
television, newspaper and digital markets, plus guide the company's
daily national coverage and manage the Scripps Howard News Service.
Weiss joins Scripps from The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit
investigative news organization, where she was the executive editor in
charge of strategic planning and investigative journalism. She was
instrumental in the story selection, editing, publishing and
distribution of original investigative journalism. Through her
leadership, the organization's content crossed multiple platforms to
reach audiences online and on major print, broadcast and digital
Before joining the nonpartisan organization in 2011, she enjoyed a
transformative and successful career with National Public Radio. During
her tenure, which spanned nearly 30 years, she was at the forefront of
news coverage and investigations that touched many corners of the world.
From early beginnings as a production assistant, she spent nearly two
decades on the critically acclaimed "All Things Considered" program
before spending five years as the supervising senior editor of NPR's
national desk. In 2007 she was named senior vice president of NPR,
overseeing the entire news organization of 400 domestic and
international journalists. Weiss spearheaded the conversion of NPR's newsroom from an
exclusively broadcast production to one that is now multimedia.
The D.C. bureau traces its roots to 1917, when the company's founder, Edward W. Scripps, established a headquarters in Washington
to direct the company's support of American war efforts. With the
advent of World War II, the bureau added international reporting
responsibilities, most famously embodied by legendary Scripps war
correspondent Ernie Pyle, who died in April 1945 while embedded with combat troops on the Pacific Island of Iejima. The bureau today serves 18 of the top 20 markets in the United States. The combined daily circulation of its clients exceeds 22 million.
Weiss is a lecturer and guest speaker on subjects
related to media and the press, and she has been recognized with
numerous national journalism awards, including Peabodys and Murrows. She
replaces Peter Copeland, who, after a long career with Scripps, is transitioning to the role of consulting editor.