Kevin Mckenna

Deputy Business Editor, The New York Times. Education: University of Southern California, bachelor of arts, journalism and political science; Columbia University, master of arts, journalism; Stanford University, Knight Journalism Fellow



Editor and Publisher


Kevin Mckenna was nominated by one of his employees/journalists, who said, “During my 30 years as a journalist, I have the privilege of working with some of the best editors in the business. Kevin Mckenna sits atop a list of people who give impassioned care to the work of producing a story, often seeking, in his words, the most ‘elegant’ yet accessible way of writing. … Like his attention to the story, he also gives similar care and concern to his reporters… He juggles many great reporters and a terrific editor he also oversees while putting in long hours every workday. And as an African American, I have always appreciated his concern for diversity on our business staff, raising the issue at times he did not have to. Kevin is long overdue for recognition of his contributions to our industry.” We’re happy to give Kevin that recognition. What advice do you have for other young professionals who aspire to become an editor extraordinaire? It’s always about the story, but it’s also about empathy toward the subjects and your colleagues. Be invested in your reporters’ ideas and their work. And embrace change. What’s the craziest or most exciting breaking news story you’ve put together? Wow, so many. The most satisfying have involved working with reporters to find ways to crack a story that everyone was chasing. Many came from my time as technology editor, including this one (from 2000 — “Oracle Hired a Detective Agency To Investigate Microsoft’s Allies”) about how one Silicon Valley company was trying to discredit another.