Michele McNally, the assistant managing editor for photography at The New York Times who has lead an award-winning staff for the past 14 years, is retiring this summer.
The move was announced in a memo to the Times staff from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joseph Kahn. They noted that the Times had won a prestigious Polk Award for photography this week, marking a continuation of photography accolades the paper has won during McNally's direction.
"In fact, during Michele McNally's tenure as photo editor, The Times has won more Pulitzers, Polks, Emmys, OPCs (Overseas Press Club), duPonts and other awards for photography than most news organizations have won for their entire reports," the memo reads.
This week's Polk Award for the Times went to Adam Dean and Tomás Munita for their work documenting refugees from Myanmar and what the refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Times has won six Pulitzers for photography since 2009, with five of those coming in the last four years.
As an assistant managing editor, McNally is the first photo editor to be elevated to a masthead editor at the Times. She was chairman of the World Press Photo jury in 2007 and has twice served on the Pulitzer photo jury. She is a winner of NPPA's Jim Gordon Award for pictured editing and the Times staff has won numerous awards in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contests for photography, picture editing, multimedia and video. McNally has also been a speaker or coach at numerous workshops, including the Eddie Adams Workshop.
The memo said that a search for McNally's replacement would begin both inside the Times and from outside candidates. Key editors in the search will include Graphics Editor Steve Duenes, Creative Director Tom Bodkin and Assistant Editor for Recruitment Carolyn Ryan.