William K. Marimow, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, yesterday was named managing editor of The Sun, the No. 2 newsroom post.
The position has been vacant since the departure of Kathryn Christensen on Aug. 13, 1993. Mr. Marimow, however, essentially has acted as managing editor since he was named associate managing editor on Aug. 15, 1993.
"This makes it official," said Editor John S. Carroll.
"He has helped build a sense of teamwork and journalistic excellence," Mr. Carroll said.
Mr. Marimow's newsroom duties will not change immediately or dramatically, Mr. Carroll said. Nor will the position of associate managing editor be filled.
"What we intend to do at The Sun is to give our readers stories that truly illuminate their lives and issues of importance to them," Mr. Marimow said. He joined The Sun on April 5, 1993, as metropolitan editor after 21 years as a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and as assistant to the publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News.
Mr. Marimow and Jonathan Neumann were the principal reporters when the Inquirer won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1978 for a four-part series about police officers who beat or coerced suspects into confessions.
In 1985, he won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series of articles about police dogs that attacked and severely injured unarmed citizens.
A graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, Mr. Marimow studied First Amendment issues as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard Law School in 1982-1983.
Mr. Marimow launched his career in journalism in September 1969 as an assistant editor for the Commercial Car Journal, a monthly trade magazine in Philadelphia for fleet owners and truck manufacturers.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Marimow, 47, is married to Diane Marimow, a Baltimore County art teacher and artist, and has two children, Ann, 19, and Scott, 15.