ONO President Stephen Pritchard announced that Jeffrey Dvorkin will be the organization's first ever executive director. The move came after Pritchard spend 10 months urging funding bodies to support ONO's aim to appoint an executive director. With funding from the Open Society Institute and the endorsement of ONO members, Dvorkin will work as an advocate for newsroom Ombuds around the world and coordinate other projects. Dvorkin previously served as the Ombuds for National Public radio and as Executive Director of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, in addition to an extensive career as a journalist. He also writes a blog on media ethics. (The Guardian UK; Now the Details.)
Among Ombuds organizations, only ONO and FCO have dedicated administrators.
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