Colbert I. King and Peter Milius, both longtime members of The Washington Post editorial board, have been named deputy editorial page editors.
King will continue to write his weekly column, and both will also continue to write for the editorial page, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said yesterday after announcing the promotions. The two editors "bring a wealth of experience, and very different kinds of experience," Hiatt said.
Milius came to the editorial page as a writer in 1985. In his nearly 35 years at The Post, he has served as national editor, education editor and as a national economics reporter. He joined the paper in 1965 as an editor on the city desk.
"He knows from a journalist's perspective how Washington works as well as anyone I know," Hiatt said. "He can read a budget or a political document and get to what is really being said and what is going on more quickly than anyone I know."
Before joining the Post, Milius, 62, was a reporter for the Louisville Times and the Hartford Times. He was born in Chicago and is a graduate of Yale University.
King, 60 and a native of the District, had careers in finance and government before coming to The Post as an editorial writer nearly 10 years ago. Before that, he was an executive vice president of Riggs National Bank. He was appointed by then-President Jimmy Carter to serve as the U.S. executive director of the World Bank, and he earlier served as a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
He also served in the State Department, as an officer in the U.S. Army and as the director of government relations for Potomac Electric Power Co. In the 1970s, he helped draft home rule legislation for the District.
His journalistic career, King said, started in 1949 with the Stevens Star--the newspaper of his D.C. elementary school. The many years between, King said, represent "desire deferred." After finishing Stevens, King attended and graduated from Dunbar High School, then Howard University.
"In addition to broad experience, Colby brings an acute sense of how this town works and a very acute nose for hypocrisy--an invaluable asset for an editorial page," Hiatt said. "He has a sincere and very deep sense of outrage at malfeasance in high places, especially when the victims are people in low places."
CAPTION: Left, Colbert I. King, 60, and Peter Milius, 62, will both continue to write for the newspaper's editorial page.