"I love the smell of fear in a newsroom.
The Intrepid Reporter
's boss. Gruff and authoritarian, frequently a Cigar Chomper
, often seen with his jacket off and his sleeves rolled up. Is fond of both shouting at his reporters over any conceivable pretext and passionately defending them
(and the newspaper) from any threats to the freedom of the press.
Has a lot of overlap in personality and plot function with Da Chief
(but if he's Perry White, don't call him "Chief"!).
The School Newspaper Newshound
is a frequent variant seen in many episodic TV series.
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Across Multiple Media
- Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet, in Superman and its numerous spin-offs and adaptations in various media.
- J. Jonah Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle, in Spider-Man and its spin-offs and adaptations in various media.
Live Action TV
- Too Close for Comfort: In the Ted Knight Show-era episodes (from 1986), main protagonists Henry and Muriel Rush are part-owners of the Marin Bugler, a weekly newspaper. Ted is the editor and Muriel is a photographer.
- Tony Vincenzo, editor for the Independent News Service (a wire service), and Carl Kolchak's immediate boss in Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
- Cameron Foster, editor of the Herald, in State of Play.
- Donald Stern from The Chronicle. Basically Perry White merged with Zed from Men In Black.
- Lou Grant, of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Lou Grant.
- Kat from Persons Unknown is a rare female example of this.
- Lynda Day from Press Gang.
- Paris Geller during half the junior year in Gilmore Girls for the Yale Daily News; one of the rare examples where the staff overthrow her for being overly authoritarian.
- The Bonga Bugle editor in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 combines this with Miles Gloriosus, bragging about his physical prowess but frequently requiring your protection—then making himself out to be the hero in the resulting news reports.
- Akiyoshi Zaizen in Our Two Bedroom Story is the chief editor over several publications at the protagonist's workplace, responsible for keeping the various difficult personalities of his employees in line. He's strict and stern enough that the protagonist and her colleagues have nicknamed him "the Growler."
- The director of the Channel 6 news team, Burne Thompson, in the '80s/'90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. His somewhat fluctuating attitude towards the Turtles and constant pestering of his underlings for news stories led to April occasionally being at odds with him.
- The Captain Caveman shorts on The Flintstone Comedy Show featured Lou Granite, editor-in-chief of The Daily Granite.
- Pablo plays this role in The Backyardigans episode "Front Page News!".
- Diamond Tiara in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic plays this role when she's appointed editor-in-chief of the school paper in "Ponyville Confidential".