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The New York Times has promoted former Washington bureau chief Michael Oreskes to deputy managing editor.

Oreskes, an assistant managing editor, will assume his new position Jan. 1, Executive Editor Bill Keller said Monday.

Keller said Oreskes' promotion was partly intended to signal the elevated prominence of three of the newspaper's operations that he oversees and coordinates: the Times' Web site,; its television unit, which includes the Discovery Times digital cable channel; and the International Herald Tribune.

Oreskes, 50, joined the Times in 1981 and worked as a metropolitan reporter, chief investigative reporter and Albany bureau chief.

He was metropolitan editor from 1993 to 1997 and Washington bureau chief from 1997 to 2000.

The bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes during this time, including the 1999 prize for national reporting for stories about the sale of U.S. technology to China.

Oreskes also directed much of the paper's coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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