About Craig R. Whitney

Craign R. WhitneyCraig R. Whitney spent his entire professional career as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at The New York Times, where he was assistant managing editor in charge of standards and ethics when he retired in 2009. Before that he was the night editor from 2000 to 2006.

He started working at The Times in 1965 as an assistant to James Reston in the Washington Bureau, after working part-time for two years at The Worcester Telegram in Worcester, Mass.

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Latest Book

Living With GunsLiving With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

Published November 13th, 2012

In Living With Guns, veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney carefully reexamines America’s relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture. The earliest colonists needed them to survive.

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An Awakening

In “All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ and Its American Masters ,” first published in 2003 and still in print, I described the pipe organ on which I learned to play in Westborough, the small Massachusetts town where I grew up.  Opus 180 of the George H. Ryder company, installed in 1895 in the plain but serene sanctuary of what is now the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough, (www.uucsw.org)  was silent when I wrote the book, replaced by an electronic organ with speakers.  But its 500-odd pipes, mechanisms, and windchests had been mothballed, not discarded, behind the façade pipes looming eight feet above the two keyboards, so it was “a sleeping beauty awaiting only an awakening kiss.”

I am happy to report that the church has now brought that instrument back to life, thanks to the skill of Connecticut organbuilders Alex Belair and Michael Tanguay, and the support of its members, notably including Kenneth E. Young, William C. Young and Nancy Avila, who was the organist and played the Ryder from 1971 to 1982.  Its new music director, Leonardo Ciampa, presided over the rededication concert on March 1, 2015.  This happy ending is evidence of the growing appreciation of the heritage left by generations of American organbuilders and organists, and its continuing vitality today, described in “All the Stops,” available in paperback and electronic book editions:  www.publicaffairsbooks.com.