James Whiting is the Executive Editor at fictionalized version of the The Baltimore Sun and is responsible for guiding the paper's reporting.
Whiting has ambitions of winning a Pulitzer Prize for the Sun and his fascination with the Dickensian Aspect leaves him often out-of-touch with the problems facing the city. His managing editor is a colleague from their days working in Philadelphia; Thomas Klebanow. Klebanow handles the day to day running of the paper and the handling of cut backs from the papers owners.
Whiting is interested in pursuing stories that stir emotion in the reader over those that examine the context and roots of social problems facing the city. Whiting has a network of connections in the industry and using his authority to prevent the paper from publishing a negative story about racism at the University of Maryland to protect his old friend Gene Robbins, the dean of journalism.
Whiting is played by Sam Freed.
- ↑ Character profile - Executive Editor James Whiting. HBO (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-07.
- ↑ Character profile - Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow. HBO (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-07.
- ↑ "More with Less". Joe Chappelle, Writ. David Simon (story and teleplay), Ed Burns (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-01-06. No. 1, season 5.