Bill Keller, 54, was a columnist for The New York Times and a senior editor of the New York Times Magazine since September 2001. From 1997 and until then he had been managing editor of the paper. Before that, from 1995, he was the foreign editor. Keller won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union. Among other posts he worked in as a foreign correspondent was South Africa.