George Rodrigue became Editor of The Plain Dealer in January 2015. As Editor, he leads the journalists who provide stories, photos, and graphics for the newspaper and for Cleveland.com from The Plain Dealerís newsroom. He also leads the team that produces the printed paper every evening. In June 2016, he added General Manager to his title, adding local responsibility for circulation, production, human resources, and financial operations for Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
Before coming to Cleveland, he served as the Assistant News Director of WFAA-TV in Dallas, the ABC affiliate in the nation’s fifth-largest television market.
From 2004 until 2014, he was Vice President and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News. There, he oversaw numerous reshapings of the newsroom and led the team that produced and designed the paper’s website. His staff won one Pulitzer Prize and was twice named a finalist for the award.
Prior to that, he was Vice President of the Washington bureau for Belo Corp. He supervised print and broadcast journalists who served three newspapers, 17 television news operations and some 20 websites.
From 1998 until 2001, he served as Managing Editor and then Executive Editor of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California.
From 1982 until 1998, he worked for The Dallas Morning News. He served as a Washington correspondent, chief of the paperís European Bureau and a Dallas-based reporter and editor. As a reporter in the early 1990s, he covered the Persian Gulf War and the wars of secession in Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union.
He and a partner won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for stories that exposed segregation and discrimination in federally subsidized housing programs. He was one of eight Dallas Morning News reporters who won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series about violence against women. He has also received the American Bar Associationís Silver Gavel Award, the Robert F. Kennedy award for covering problems afflicting the disadvantaged, and the Certificate of Merit from the Overseas Press Club.
He is a native of Boston, holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia, and studied law and economics on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
He has been married since 1979 to Wendy Meyer, a fellow graduate of the University of Virginia. They have two children.