"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.
— Perry White, Lois and Clark
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Across Multiple Media
- Mitchell "Where's my fucking column" Royce in Transmetropolitan, City Editor of The Word. Slightly unusual in that he heads a section rather than being Editor In Chief. Gets A Day in the Limelight in the issue "Two-Fisted Editor".
Let me tell you how it is. You gather the evidence and write stories. That's what you do. That's your job. I'm an editor. That means I do everything else.
- Virtually all of Vic Sage's bosses in The Question.
- Despite technically being based on the cartoon that preceded it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures had its own separate Da Editor figure in Murdock Maxwell, who fires April at the beginning of her spin-off mini-series.
- Lawrence Nolan, in Our Miss Brooks. He's authoritarian, but more of a stuffed shirt rather than stereotypically gruff.
- Henry Connell, in the Frank Capra film Meet John Doe.
- Identified only as "Chief" in The Hudsucker Proxy.
- Smith Keen from The Pelican Brief.
- Ben Bradlee as portrayed in All the President's Men.
- Ben Bradlee Jr. as in Spotlight. Marty Baron, the Globe's new editor-in-chief, is a notable subversion.
- Walter Burns in His Girl Friday, based on the play The Front Page.
- Walter Burns in The Front Page, based on the play of the same name.
- Ben in Monster in the Closet.
- Oliver Stone in Nothing Sacred.
- Fandor's boss in Fantômas.
- Corbit in All About Steve
- Technically, William de Worde in Discworld books following The Truth should be this. In practice he refuses to give up being an Intrepid Reporter himself. And as Pterry says, since he invented journalism, who's going to tell him he's not supposed to?
- Aravena from Eva Luna.
- Mr. DeWitt in the Penny Parker series.
Live Action TV
- Our Miss Brooks: The local newspaper editor causes trouble for Miss Brooks in "Cafeteria Boycott".
- 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".