Richard L. Berke is the executive editor of STAT. He was hired in February 2015 by John Henry, the owner of Boston Globe Media, to create an independent national news organization that covers health, medicine and science. He quickly built an enterprise of more than 50 people that launched in November of that year.
Rick got his start at the Baltimore Evening Sun, where he was a reporter and Washington correspondent for more than five years. After that, for 28 years, he was a reporter and editor at The New York Times, where he the longest serving chief political correspondent (for more than a decade) White House correspondent, Congressional Correspondent, Washington Editor, National Editor, Assistant Managing Editor for News, Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Senior Editor for Video Content.
More recently, Rick was executive editor at Politico, where, among other accomplishments, he raised the journalistic ambitions across the board and created an annual two-week, intensive student journalism institute aimed at bringing diversity to political coverage.
Rick is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was managing editor of the Michigan Daily, and holds a master's from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. For nearly two decades, Rick has been on the board of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He was also a visiting lecturer at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.