Jimmy Orr, deputy editor, online
Jimmy Orr, online editor of the Christian Science Monitor, will be joining The Times in mid-August as deputy editor, online. In this new position, Orr will coordinate online news and features efforts.
While at the Monitor, Orr helped convert that newsroom into a 24/7 operation and then focused on growing traffic through the creation of blogs, search engine optimization and social networking, developing relationships with partner content providers, vastly increasing the frequency of publishing and acting as the principal liaison with leading aggregators.
In 2009, the Monitor became the first major U.S. newspaper to stop printing on parchment in a favor of an Internet-only distribution model. Orr was key to the successful transformation.
Before joining the Monitor in 2007 as the online editor, Orr served as the chief Internet strategist for both President George W. Bush and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. His groundbreaking online chats "Ask the White House" and "Ask Governor Schwarzenegger" were lauded by the media and leading government watchdog groups as examples of good government. His entertaining "Barney Cam" videos (Christmas through the eyes of the first dog) became a holiday tradition in the Bush White House and the most-watched videos on the White House website. While at the White House, Orr was named one of the most influential people in the world of politics and the Internet by PoliticsOnline.
He has been a contributor to The Times' Top of The Ticket blog since March.