Arthur S. Brisbane is the fourth public editor appointed by The Times. The public editor works outside of the reporting and editing structure of the newspaper and receives and answers questions or comments from readers and the public, principally about articles published in the paper. His opinions and conclusions are his own.
His column appears on Sundays at least twice monthly.
By ARTHUR S. BRISBANE A DAY in the life of the New York Times foreign desk begins with Laurent Gbagbo holed up in the basement of his fortified residence in the Ivory Coast's main coastal city of Abidjan. As the day progresses, The Times's foreign operation will reel in stories from five continents, operating on overdrive as it has since January when an extraordinary run of world events began. As for Mr. Gbagbo, he'll be stuck in the bunker all day, going nowhere except the front page of the next day's Times. April 10, 2011