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David E. McCraw, a 1976 U. of I. journalism graduate from Monticello, Illinois, got some unexpected online attention last week in his role as a vice president and assistant general counsel for The New York Times. The focus of that attention: McCraw’s response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story about two women claiming unwanted past sexual advances from Trump. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site on Oct. 13, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper’s lists of most viewed and emailed items. On the Times site alone, it has been viewed by more than 1.6 million people. He spoke with U. of I. News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain about the job, the letter and what he learned at the U. of I. Click here to read edited excerpts from that conversation.

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