James Dao has been the Op-Ed editor of The New York Times since February 2016. The department today includes nearly two dozen editors operating out of Hong Kong, London, Istanbul, San Francisco, and New York, producing daily op-eds, the Sunday Review, the international Op-Ed section, and online opinion features such as The Stone and Fixes. In 2017, the Sunday Review ran a 20-part series about Syrian refugees, "Welcome to the New World," that won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, the first time The New York Times has won in that category.
During his 27 years with The New York Times, Mr. Dao has been the Albany bureau chief, a national and Washington correspondent, the military and veterans affairs reporter, and deputy national editor. While he was deputy metropolitan editor in 2008, the section published a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that led to the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He has reported from a dozen countries and across the U.S., covering the impeachment of President Clinton, the 2000 presidential campaign, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. In 2010 and 2011, he was the reporter on an eight-part multi-media series about the yearlong deployment of an Army battalion to Afghanistan, titled A Year at War, which received an Emmy and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award.
Prior to working at The New York Times, he worked as a reporter for The Record of Hackensack, NJ, and the Daily News in New York, and was a writer and researcher for the New York Chinatown History Project. He is a graduate of Yale College.