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Stephen Buckley first worked for the Times as a sportswriting intern during the summers of 1983-86. He returned to the paper in July 2001 as a national reporter and in 2003 was named Assistant Managing Editor for world news overseeing the paper's national and international coverage. Within weeks of his appointment, Stephen found himself managing coverage of the war in Iraq from Times journalists reporting live from Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Afghanistan. In 2005, Stephen was named managing editor, and in 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Times Publishing Co. He moved into his role as digital publisher in June 2008 and is now dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University in North Carolina.
Stephen worked as an intern in the Detroit bureau of the Wall Street Journal in 1987 and as an editorial writer for the Philadelphia Daily News in 1988. He began his professional career as a night police reporter for the Washington Post. He then covered a variety of beats in suburban Maryland for the next four years. In January 1995, he became Africa bureau chief, based in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Post. During that assignment, he wrote a range of stories about a range of people -- from nomads in Mali to refugees in Rwanda. In June 1998, Stephen spent six months as a teaching fellow at the Poynter Institute. Then he took six months to learn Portuguese, after which he became the Post's Brazil bureau chief, based in Rio de Janeiro. He covered Brazil until May 2001.
As a foreign correspondent, Stephen won the InterAction International Reporting Prize (given by a coalition of Nongovernmental Organizations) and NABJ's International Reporting Prize for coverage of the Black Condition (with Post photographer Carol Guzy). He also was a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting and a runner-up for the SAIS-Novartis Prize for Excellence in International Journalism. In 2002, Stephen won the Paul Hansell Award for distinguished achievement in journalism from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for his work at the Times.