Mike Wilson is stepping down as editor of The Dallas Early Morning News, ending a nearly six-year run where he directed the newsroom through a series of history-making news occasions, from the shooting deaths of five Dallas law enforcement officer to a global pandemic that turned 2020 into a memorable year.
Wilson announced his departure Tuesday in a note to the newsroom’s personnel, which has been working from another location since March due to the fact that of COVID-19. Wilson stated he will stay through completion of the year to help with the transition.
“Running a paper today is like swimming throughout a hot fudge river: You stuff yourself on the decadent pleasure of it, however you have to kick like hell to get to the other side,” he wrote. “So I’m complete, and I’m worn out. My instant plan is to just recharge.”
Managing Editor Keith Campbell will take over newsroom management, reliable immediately, and Brendan Miniter, The News‘ editor of editorials, will lead the editorial board while Publisher Grant Moise decides on next steps, Wilson wrote.
As The News‘ Outside editor hire in 35 years, Wilson arrived in 2015 to lead a digital-first transition. He was handling editor of ESPN’s data-driven FiveThirtyEight site at the time.
“Mike has been a transformational leader for this newspaper,” Moise stated. “When he arrived here …, we were a print newspaper initially, and a digital wire service second. Thanks to Mike’s management and vision, we are now a digital wire service at our core. Mike has put his heart and soul into this task, and for that, I am forever grateful.”
Because his arrival, The News has significantly grown its digital audience and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the leading award in journalism, in 3 of the previous five years.
In 2017, the personnel was a finalist for its coverage of the 2016 Dallas cops ambush. In 2018, then-editorial author Sharon Grigsby was a finalist for her work including sexual assaults at Baylor University. This year, visual journalist Tom Fox was a finalist in breaking news photography for his pictures of a gunman opening fire at the federal court house in Dallas.
The three-time Pulitzer acknowledgment tops a list of more than 400 awards for journalistic quality won under Wilson.
Songwriter Billy Crockett (right) and editor Mike Wilson captivated Dallas Early morning News customers in a community engagement occasion in 2015 in Dallas. (Ashley Landis/ Personnel Professional Photographer) Source: dallasnews.com