David Westphal is the former Washington Editor for McClatchy Newspapers and joined USC Annenberg as Executive in Residence in Fall, 2008. He then transitioned to Editor-in-Chief of the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting.
In addition to supervising McClatchy’s Washington and foreign bureaus, he led the editorial operations of McClatchy Tribune Information Services, with more than 1,200 media clients worldwide.
Westphal began his newspaper career as editor of a small daily in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He then spent 17 years at the Des Moines Register, where his jobs ranged from sports editor to Washington bureau reporter to managing editor, a job he held from 1988 to 1995.
He joined McClatchy’s Washington bureau in 1995, first as deputy bureau chief and then, in 1998, as bureau chief. In 2006 he supervised the merger of the McClatchy and Knight Ridder Washington bureaus. The combined staff now totals nearly 50 journalists. With 30 newspapers and Web sites, McClatchy is the nation’s third-largest newspaper company and maintains bureaus in Baghdad and seven other world capitals.
He is a two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for business and financial journalism, and also won the Washington Correspondence Award of the National Press Club. He is completing a two-year term as co-chair of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and is a member of the National Press Foundation board of directors.
He is married to Geneva Overholser, the award-winning journalist, editor and scholar who is professor and director of USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism. They have three children.