Howell Raines Biography, Age, Net Worth, Books, New York Times

Howell Raines Biography

Howell Hiram Raines is an American journalist, editor, and writer. From 2001 to 2003, he was Executive Editor of The New York Times. He left in the wake of the scandal related to reporting by Jayson Blair. In 2008, Raines became a contributing editor for Condé Nast Portfolio.

e was writing the magazine’s media column. He joined the Times in 1978 after beginning his journalism career working for southern newspapers. He joined as a national correspondent based in Atlanta.

Raines was born in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1964, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College. He got a master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama in 1973. In September 1964, he began his newspaper career as a reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald in Alabama. He also reported for WBRC-TV in Birmingham. In 1971 Raines was selected as political editor of the Atlanta Constitution. This was after working for a year as a reporter at the Birmingham News. In 1976 he left that post to become political editor at the St. Petersburg Times.

His positions included political correspondent and bureau chief in Atlanta and Washington DC. This was before joining the New York City staff in 1993. Raines has also published a novel, two memoirs, and an oral history of the civil rights movement.

Raines reviewed his tenure as Executive Editor of the New York Times. He reviewed it in a 21,000-word piece published in the May 2004 issue of The Atlantic. He said that he was hired by Sulzberger in the shared conviction. The Times had grown complacent and no longer functioned as a meritocracy in the assignment of stories to reporters. In the private meeting, reporters were called by Sulzberger. The owner announced Keller’s succession to Raines’ old job, Sulzberger reportedly denied ever holding such a view. Raines stood by his account and implied that Sulzberger was retreating from the position which he said he and the owner shared at the time of his promotion.

Howell Raines
Howell Raines

In the only interview I have given on the Jayson Blair affair, I spoke on the Charlie Rose show of the resistance I had encountered as a ‘change agent’ who was handpicked by the publisher to confront the newsroom’s lethargy and complacency. A few days later, as he introduced my successor, Bill Keller, to the assembled staff, Arthur  rebutted my comment by saying, ‘There’s no complacency here—never has been, never will be.’ I can guarantee that no one in that newsroom, including Arthur himself, believed what he said Arthur’s words signaled that nothing dramatic would be done to upset the paper’s cosseted world.

Raines revisited the controversy in his 2006 book, The One That Got Away. It combines fishing stories and a review of his career as a journalist and editor. He assessed the events preceding the Jayson Blair scandal and his own dismissal. On January 14, 2008, Condé Nast Portfolio announced that Raines would become its media columnist. His first column, published in the March issue, analyzed the possibility of Rupert Murdoch buying the New York Times, which he said would have deeply adverse consequences. Raines published an op-ed in the March 14, 2010 edition of The Washington Post that was highly critical of Fox News Channel. He suggested its biased reporting was not sufficiently criticized by legitimate media.

Howell Raines Age

Howell Raines was born as Howell Hiram Raines, on 5 February 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. He is 76 years old as of 2019.

Howell Raines Net Worth

His Net Worth is estimated to be $13 Million.

Howell Raines Books

Raines’ books have included a novel, Whiskey Man; an oral history of the civil rights movement, My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered (1983); and the best-selling memoir Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis. In 2006, he wrote a memoir.

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In 1978, Raines joined The New York Times. He joined as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. By 1979, Raines was promoted to Atlanta’s bureau chief. It was a position he held until 1981 when he became a national political correspondent. By the next year, Raines had advanced to become a White House correspondent for The Times. He progressed to management in 1985, becoming deputy Washington editor.

In 1987, Raines transferred to London and worked as the newspaper’s London bureau chief. The next year, he returned to Washington D.C. to become the city’s bureau chief. In 1992, Raines published an essay, “Grady’s Gift”, about his childhood in Alabama. He fondly described the family’s black housekeeper. His memoir was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

In 1993 Raines moved to New York City as the Times editorial page editor, a position he held for eight years. The aggressive, colloquial style of his editorials, especially those critical of President Bill Clinton and his administration, drew widespread notice and a share of criticism. His work marked a departure from the measured tone for which Times editorials had been known.

Raines was appointed Executive Editor of The Times in September 2001, serving until May 2003. At that time, the controversy generated by the reporting scandal related to Jayson Blair led to his dismissal. A Times internal investigation revealed that 36 of the 73 national stories Blair filed with the paper over a six-month period were marred by errors, false datelines or evidence of plagiarism. Raines was faulted for continuing to publish Blair months after the paper’s metro editor, Jonathan Landman, sent him a memo urging him “to stop Jayson from writing for The Times. Right now.”

The Blair inquiry also revealed widespread discontent among Times staffers over Raines’ management style, which was described as arbitrary and heavy-handed. According to a New York Times article, the deputy metropolitan editor, Joe Sexton, was quoted as telling Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd, at a closed meeting of employees, “I believe that at a deep level you guys have lost the confidence of many parts of the newsroom … People feel less led than bullied.” On another occasion, Jerelle Kraus, art director for the newspaper’s weekend section, was quoted as saying, “I hope things settle down and we get a decent executive editor who’s reasonable. Howell Raines is someone who is feared.” Both Raines and Boyd resigned.

The paper’s owner, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., also conducted an investigation and concluded that Raines had alienated most of the New York and Washington bureaus. Raines’ resignation, along with that of Gerald Boyd, was announced in the June 5, 2003 issue of The Times. Joseph Lelyveld agreed to replace Raines on an interim basis Joseph Lelyveld had been Executive Editor of The Times from 1994 to 2001. On July 14, 2003, it was announced that Bill Keller had been chosen as Raines’ permanent replacement. In an interview on the Charlie Rose show of July 11, Raines admitted that Sulzberger had “asked to step aside.”