The newest member of the New York Times masthead and the former editor of its travel section thinks rather highly of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
In fact, Monica Drake insists that the Greene County community is one of the best places in the world to visit, according to a press release from the Times.
That should come a no surprise.
Yellow Springs is Drake’s hometown.
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She just gave Yellow Springers yet another thing to be proud of.
It was recently announced that Drake will be overseeing new digital features and projects as The Gray Lady’s assistant managing editor.
Her name will appear with other high-ranking editors listed in the Times’ daily masthead.
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and the newspaper’s managing editor Joe Kahn said this of Drake in a note to staff members:
“Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.”
Drake married Greg Winter, now the newspaper’s deputy international editor, in Yellow Springs in 2006.
At the time of the wedding, her mother -- Dr. Kathleen Glover, an internist who specializes in reproductive health -- lived in the village.
Her father, Macarthur Drake, Sr., was an attorney in Gary, Ind.
Before assuming her current role, Drake was the New York Times’ senior editor over its travel section.
In October, she received 9,000 applications from writers hoping to travel to the Times’ 2018 picks for 52 Places to Go.
Before that, she worked on the Time’s culture desk.
The graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University joined the newspaper as an intern in 1998 and became a copy editor in 2001.
Drake is set to begin to start Surfacing, “a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.”
The newspaper is looking for reporters who can “tell image-driven stories focusing on subcultures using tools like Instagram, Snapchat, photography, video and more” for Surfacing.