AS MONITOR EDITOR Richard Bergenheim moves into his new assignment as President of The Mother Church, we're happy to announce the election of John Yemma as Editor of The Christian Science Monitor. He rejoined the Monitor in mid-July, after 20 years at The Boston Globe, most recently serving as Deputy Managing Editor for Multimedia. Richard, we're pleased to say, will continue with the Monitor as Editor at large.
"The Monitor has been a beacon of smart, thoughtful journalism for the past 100 years," new Editor John Yemma commented to us. "I am honored to have been chosen as the Editor who will take it into its second century. Mary Baker Eddy founded the Monitor during the era of 'yellow journalism,' when objectivity, accuracy, and fairness were in short supply. Now, at a time when news organizations are struggling to establish a sustainable economic base, the Monitor's role is more crucial than ever in providing careful reporting, compassionate analysis, and a clear-eyed view of the world."
Senior staffers in the newsroom will remember John warmly from his early Monitor days—as a Washington reporter, international correspondent, and Business Editor. In addition to the Monitor and the Globe, he has worked for The Dallas Morning News, United Press International, and the San Antonio Express-News. During his years at the Globe, John coordinated national political coverage during the 2004 presidential campaign, edited several award-winning series, and served in a variety of posts, including Sunday Editor and Foreign Editor. For the past two and a half years, he's directed the editorial operation of Boston.com (The Boston Globe's website) and has led efforts to transform the newsroom from print to multimedia.