David Westphal

David WestphalDavid Westphal is the Editor-in-Chief of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting and an Executive in Residence at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was formerly Washington editor of McClatchy Newspapers, the nation’s third-largest newspaper company. He also recently served as co-chair of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He joined McClatchy in 1995 as deputy bureau chief and was named bureau chief in January 1998.

With McClatchy’s purchase of Knight Ridder in 2006, he became editor of the combined Washington bureaus and the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Previously, he was managing editor of The Des Moines Register in Iowa. Westphal has worked as a newspaper editor and reporter for nearly 40 years and has served in a variety of roles, including Washington correspondent, sports editor and projects reporter. He has won the National Press Club’s Washington Correspondence Award and is two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for Business and Financial reporting.

While he was managing editor of The Des Moines Register, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At USC Annenberg, he teaches two graduate-level courses with Geoffrey Cowan: Leadership and the Future of Reporting in the Digital Age, and Entrepreneurship in the New Media.

As a senior fellow, Westphal focuses on new business models for news and leads the research team on CCLP’s Public Policy and the Future of News initiative.

Contact Westphal at dwestpha@usc.edu or (626) 457-4097.