Bill Keller

Bill Keller (born January 18, 1949) is an American journalist. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project. He was a columnist for The New York Times, and was executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011. He announced on June 2, 2011, that he would step down from the position to become a full-time writer. Jill Abramson replaced him as executive editor.[2]

Keller worked in the Times Moscow bureau from 1986 to 1991, eventually as bureau chief, spanning the final years of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. For his reporting during 1988 he won a Pulitzer Prize.[3]

Bill Keller
Bill keller at nyc
Keller in March 2006
BornJanuary 18, 1949 (age 70)
Alma materPomona College
Known forThe New York Times
The Marshall Project
Spouse(s)(Ann Cooper, divorce)[1]
Emma Gilbey (m. 1999)

Early life

Keller is the son of former chairman and chief executive of the Chevron Corporation, George M. Keller.[1] He attended the Roman Catholic schools St. Matthews and Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, and graduated in 1970 from Pomona College,[4] where he began his journalistic career as a reporter for a campus newspaper called The Collegian. From July 1970 to March 1979, he was a reporter in Portland with The Oregonian, followed by stints with the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report and the Dallas Times Herald. He is married to Emma Gilbey Keller and has three children.[5]

The New York Times

Keller joined The New York Times in April 1984,[6] and served in the following capacities:[5]

  • Reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau (1984–1986)
  • Reporter in the Moscow bureau (1986–1988)
  • Bureau chief in the Moscow bureau (1988–1991)
  • Bureau chief in the Johannesburg bureau (1992–1995)
  • Foreign editor (1995–1997)
  • Managing editor (1997–2001)
  • Op-ed columnist and senior writer (2001–2003)
  • Executive editor (July 2003 to September 2011)

He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting citing his "resourceful and detailed coverage of events in the U.S.S.R." during 1988.[3] That is, in the Soviet Union during the year it established its Congress of People's Deputies, the last year before the revolutions of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe.

2003 Invasion of Iraq

Keller was a leading supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, explaining his backing for military action in his article 'The I-Can't-Believe-I'm-A-Hawk Club'.[7] Two days after the invasion, Keller wrote the column 'Why Colin Powell Should Go'[8] arguing for US Secretary of State's resignation because his strategy of diplomacy at the UN had failed. In contrast, Keller was much more sympathetic to Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, describing him as the 'Sunshine Warrior'.[9]

Judith Miller

Keller spoke on July 6, 2005 in defense of Judith Miller and her refusal to give up documents relating to the Valerie Plame case.

NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program

Keller was reported to have refused to answer questions from The Times public editor, Byron Calame, on the timing of the December 16, 2005 article on the classified National Security Agency (NSA) Terrorist Surveillance Program. Keller's delay of reporting about NSA overreach until after Bush's close reelection was controversial.[10] The Times's series of articles on this topic won a Pulitzer Prize. The source of the disclosure of this NSA program was investigated by the United States Justice Department. The NSA program itself was reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as to whether it sidesteps the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and after The Times articles, the Administration changed its procedures, allowing for more safeguards and more Congressional and judicial oversight.

Keller discussed the deliberations behind the Times' decision to publish the story in a July 5, 2006 PBS interview with Jeffrey Brown that included a discussion of the issues involved with former National Security Agency Director Admiral Bobby Ray Inman.[11]

Catholic Church sex abuse crisis

Keller widely reported on the Catholic sex abuse cases and flatly put the blame on John Paul II himself : "The uncomfortable and largely unspoken truth is that the current turmoil in the Roman Catholic Church is not just a sad footnote to the life of a beloved figure. This is a crisis of the pope's making."[12]


Keller and The Times also published a story on another classified program to monitor terrorist-related financial transactions through the Brussels, Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) on June 23, 2006. Many commentators,[13] as well as some elected officials such as U.S. Congressman Peter T. King,[14] called for the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute The New York Times and the confidential sources who leaked the existence of this counter-terrorism program despite relevant statutes that forbid revealing classified information that could threaten national security, especially in a time of war.

In an attempt to respond to criticism stemming from the disclosure of the classified Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, the NSA program's official name, Keller stated in a published letter[15] that President Bush himself had acknowledged as early as September 2001 that efforts were underway "to identify and investigate the financial infrastructure of the international terrorist networks" and "to follow the money as a trail to the terrorists." In an Op-ed column in The Times, Keller, together with Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet wrote that "Our job, especially in times like these, is to bring our readers information that will enable them to judge how well their elected leaders are fighting on their behalf and at what price." Keller's critics, including U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, responded to Keller's letter by pointing out that there is a vast difference between stating general intentions to track terrorist finances and the exact means employed to achieve those goals. But, as Keller wrote, this was the same Secretary Snow who invited a group of reporters to a 6-day trip on a military aircraft "to show off the department's efforts to track terrorist financing."

Nelson Mandela

Keller wrote a 128-page juvenile biography of Nelson Mandela published by Kingfisher Books in 2008, Tree Shaker: the story of Nelson Mandela.[16]He had served as the Times bureau chief in Johannesburg from April 1992 to May 1995[5]—spanning the end of apartheid in South Africa and election of Mandela's African National Congress as the governing party in 1994.

Keller's wife since 1999, Emma Gilbey, wrote a full biography of Winnie Mandela published in 1993, The Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela (Jonathan Cape).[1]


In January 2014, two articles by Keller and his wife about cancer blogger Lisa Bonchek Adams generated substantial controversy about the nature of social media, digital journalism and terminal illness. The incident came to be known in social media as KellerGate.[17]

On January 8, 2014, Keller's wife Emma had written an article about Lisa Adams in The Guardian about whether people with terminal illness should be so public on social media. She wrote "Should there be boundaries in this kind of experience? Is there such a thing as TMI? Are her tweets a grim equivalent of deathbed selfies? Why am I so obsessed?" The article was subsequently retracted by the editor, in part due to complaints by Adams and her family that the article "completely misrepresented the nature of her illness and her reasons for tweeting, was riddled with inaccuracies, and quoted from a private direct message to Keller through Twitter published without permission."[18]

A week later, Bill Keller published his own article about Lisa Adams called "Heroic Measures," this time questioning whether Lisa's efforts to prolong her life were worth the effort and cost, and suggesting those who "accept their inevitable fate with grace and courage" should be worthy of equal praise.[19]

The article ignited a backlash in many media channels. Articles appeared in The Nation ("Bill Keller Bullies Cancer Patient"),[20] and The New Yorker[21] among dozens of others.

The Times' public editor, Margaret Sullivan responded to the criticism in a public column.[22] The response included Keller's responses defending the column. Sullivan wrote that it is not her practice to comment on whether she agrees with columnists, but did cite "issues here of tone and sensitivity." She also pointed out factual inaccuracies which were subsequently corrected.

The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit nonpartisan online journalism organization covering criminal justice in the United States. The project was originally conceived by former hedge fund manager, filmmaker and journalist Neil Barsky, who announced it in his byline in an unrelated New York Times article in November 2013.[23][24] In February 2014, The New York Times reported that Keller was going to work for the Marshall Project.[24][25] The Marshall Project formally launched in November 2014[26] and as of 2017, Keller is still working and leading the editorial efforts there.


  1. ^ a b c d "WEDDINGS; Emma Gilbey and Bill Keller". The New York Times. April 11, 1999.
  2. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (June 2, 2011). "Abramson to Replace Keller as The Times's Executive Editor". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Bill Keller". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  4. ^ Jacques Steinberg, "Bill Keller, Columnist, Is Selected As The Times's Executive Editor," New York Times, July 15, 2003, p. A1
  5. ^ a b c "Columnist Biography: Bill Keller". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-02. Coverage evidently ends before 2003.
  6. ^ "Times Appoints Managing Editor and 2 Deputies," New York Times, May 23, 1997, p. C31
  7. ^ Keller, Bill (February 8, 2003). "The I-Can't-Believe-I'm-a-Hawk Club". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Keller, Bill (March 22, 2003). "Why Colin Powell Should Go". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Keller, Bill (September 22, 2002). "The Sunshine Warrior". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Hagan, Joe (September 18, 2006). "The United States of America vs. Bill Keller". New York.
  11. ^ Online NewsHour: Debate | Newspaper Criticized for Leaks | July 5, 2006 | PBS
  12. ^ NYT article
  13. ^ The Media’s War Against the War Continues - Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online Archived 2007-01-25 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Fiore, Faye (2006-06-26). "Congressman Wants N.Y. Times Prosecuted". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  15. ^ "Letter From Bill Keller on The Times's Banking Records Report". The New York Times. 2006-06-25. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  16. ^ "Tree shaker: the story of Nelson Mandela". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  17. ^ "#Kellergate, Hashtags of the Week". January 20, 2014.
  18. ^ Elliott, Chris (January 16, 2014). "Why an article on Lisa Bonchek Adams was removed from the Guardian site".
  19. ^ Keller, Bill (January 13, 2014). "Heroic Measures". The New York Times.
  20. ^ Mitchell, Greg (January 13, 2014). "No Shame: Bill Keller Bullies Cancer Patient".
  21. ^ O'Rourke, Meghan (January 13, 2014). "Tweeting Cancer". The New Yorker.
  22. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (January 13, 2014). "Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller's Column on a Woman With Cancer". The New York Times.
  23. ^ Barsky, Neil (November 15, 2013). "Chill Out, 1 Percenters". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  24. ^ a b Pompeo, Joe (July 1, 2014). "The Marshall Project's charmed launch". Capital New York. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  25. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (February 9, 2014). "Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  26. ^ "The Marshall Project to launch in November". Capital New York. October 23, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2015.

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Live Prayer

Live Prayer is a Christian evangelical Internet and television ministry located in Tampa, Florida, founded and operated by Bill Keller.

The ministry began in 1999 as a website featuring a daily devotional written by Keller and offers to accept and pray over emails, later expanding into a daily TV show on March 3, 2003. Live Prayer was broadcast nationally in the United States from July 3, 2006 through November 2006 on ION Television. At the end of that period, the ministry was financially unable to continue purchasing national airtime and returned to the Florida market.

In 2013, Keller obtained enough funding to continue the program on several major city markets, including Chicago, and, by 2015, managed to secure airtime on forty-nine of the fifty U.S. states, with all but Hawaii broadcasting his nightly program. However, after further financial difficulties in late 2016, the ministry's live program was put on hiatus before being entirely cancelled due to a lack of funding in November 2016.

However, on November 26, 2018, over two years after the cancellation of his TV program, Keller debuted the new LivePrayer program on various social media websites and streaming services.

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Michael Hirsh is a senior correspondent for Foreign Policy magazine. He is the former national editor for Politico magazine. He resigned from Politico on November 22, 2016 after publishing the home addresses of white nationalist Richard B. Spencer on Facebook. Hirsh called Spencer a Nazi after Spencer declared "Hail Trump!" and "Hail our people!" at a conference in Washington, D.C., declarations in response to which audience members performed Nazi salutes.Hirsh is the former foreign editor, chief diplomatic correspondent and national economic correspondent for Newsweek, as well as a former member of JournoList. He is a lecturer and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and is a frequent guest of The Young Turks, a streaming internet political talk show. In addition to Newsweek, he has written for The Washington Post, Politico Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, and Washington Monthly. Hirsh was co-winner of the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 for "prescience in identifying the al Qaeda threat half a year before the September 11 attacks" and for Newsweek's coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award. Hirsh also co-authored (with Rod Nordland) the November 3, 2003 cover story, "Bush's $87 Billion Mess," about the Iraq reconstruction plan, one of three issues that won Newsweek its second National Magazine Award for General Excellence in three years. He lives in Northwest, Washington, D.C..

Hirsh is the author of two books:

Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future over to Wall Street (2010), is a narrative history of the best and brightest of the economic and political world from the Reagan revolution on, with a focus on the era of Greenspan, Rubin and Summers in the ‘90s, the Bush years, and culminating in the financial disaster and the attempts to fix the system afterward. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called the book “provocative” and “highly informed,” saying it “makes for useful and succinct reading at a time when the state of the economy — and President Obama’s handling of the recession — are being vociferously debated in Washington and around the country.”

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William Keller (Medal of Honor) (1876–1963), U.S. Army private and Medal of Honor recipient

William Duffy Keller (born 1934), judge

William F. Keller (born 1951), Pennsylvania politician

Bill Keller (born 1949), executive editor of The New York Times

Bill Keller (televangelist), American television evangelist and the host of Live Prayer

Billy Keller (born 1947), basketball player

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