updated 4/29/2011 3:47:02 PM ET 2011-04-29T19:47:02

NEW YORK, April 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wall Street Journal announced today several key editorial appointments.

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Alix Freedman, currently the Journal's Deputy Managing Editor overseeing standards and ethics, has been named Page One Editor. She will be responsible for spearheading the agenda-setting coverage that appears on the Journal's front page. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Ms. Freedman will also be responsible for supervising and guiding the Journal's investigative and enterprise reporting efforts. She will continue to report to Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones & Company and Managing Editor of the Journal. She replaces Michael Williams.

Elyse Tanouye has been named Deputy Managing Editor, replacing Ms. Freedman. Also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Ms. Tanouye will be charged with the Journal's efforts to maintain and extend the paper's unparalleled reputation for accuracy and fairness. Ms. Tanouye has been the Journal's Corporate Editor since April 2008. In her new role, she will report to Mr. Thomson.

"Alix and Elyse are both great journalists and leaders. There was no tougher reporter than Alix Freedman, and her commitment to investigative reporting and enterprise journalism are renowned," Mr. Thomson said.

"Elyse transformed the Marketplace section of the Journal and is a beacon of integrity for all at Dow Jones. Her promotion to Deputy Managing Editor is recognition of both her achievement and her important role in overseeing standards and ethics," added Mr. Thomson.

In addition, Dennis Berman, currently Deputy Bureau Chief of Money & Investing, will become Corporate Editor, succeeding Ms. Tanouye. He will oversee news about companies, management and strategy, technology, media and marketing and the art of business. Mr. Berman joined the Journal in 2001 and is one of the editors who shared the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for a series on corporate scandals.

Rick Brooks, currently Deputy Editor of Money & Investing, will become Senior Deputy Editor of the section.

"Dennis is a legendary reporter who will bring energy and deep knowledge to his new role, which is at the very heart of the paper. Rick, a talented and wise editor, will work closely with Francesco Guerrera, our new Editor of Money & Investing," Mr. Thomson said.

ABOUT MS. FREEDMAN

Prior to her most recent role, Ms. Freedman was an Assistant Managing Editor and previously a Senior Editor and the Journal's Investigative Projects Editor. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her coverage of the tobacco industry and has been honored with numerous other accolades, including the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism in international reporting and two Gerald Loeb Awards, for her reporting on domestic and international topics.

Ms. Freedman joined the Philadelphia bureau of the Journal as a reporter in June 1984. She moved to the New York bureau in 1987, covering the food and tobacco industry and was promoted to senior special writer, doing investigative reporting in July 1991. Prior to joining the Journal, Ms. Freedman worked as a news assistant for the New York Times and as a staff reporter for BusinessWeek magazine.

Ms. Freedman is a graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in history and literature. 

ABOUT ELYSE TANOUYE

Prior to her new role, Ms. Tanouye served as Corporate Editor since April 2008. She and several Journal colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 in the national reporting category for the Journal's AIDS coverage. Ms. Tanouye joined Dow Jones in 1988 as a reporter for the Professional Investor Report newswire in New York, later becoming Assistant News Editor. She joined the Journal's New York bureau in 1991.

A native of Honolulu, Ms. Tanouye received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Reed College in Portland, Ore.  As a Walter Bagehot Fellow, she earned a certificate of economic and business reporting from the Columbia School of Journalism. She received an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School.

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