January 5, 2015

George Rodrigue, formerly the managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been named editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the paper announced Monday.

Before coming to The Plain Dealer, Rodrigue was assistant news director for WFAA, an ABC affiliate in Dallas. Before that, he spent a decade at The Dallas Morning News as managing editor and was Washington bureau vice president for Belo Corp.

Rodrigue won the 1986 national reporting Pulitzer Prize for an investigation into subsidized housing in East Texas.

Here’s the release:

George Rodrigue, the long-time VP and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be the next editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Rodrigue, who has been an accomplished journalist and editor for more than 35 years, is currently a news executive at WFAA-TV in Dallas.

“The Plain Dealer has an inspiring heritage, a strong staff, and a compelling vision for the future. I’m thrilled to join the team in Cleveland,” said Rodrigue.

Before serving as VP and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News from 2004 until 2014, Rodrigue was Vice President of the Washington Bureau for Belo Corp.’s newspapers and TV stations and Executive Editor of Belo’s Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. He started as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News in 1983 before becoming Day City Editor, European Bureau Chief (stationed in Berlin and Moscow) and then Washington Correspondent. He won two Pulitzer Prizes while at The Dallas Morning News, and the newsroom won a third under his leadership as well as having two finalists.

Rodrigue, who covered the Persian Gulf War, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the economic and social rebuilding of Eastern Europe in the 1990s, is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he focused on economics and law. He’s married to Wendy Meyer, a landscape architect and fellow UVA graduate. They have two children.

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