A publishing professional with wide-ranging experience, Patti Sonntag currently serves as managing editor at The New York Times Syndicate, a position she accepted in 2009. In this capacity, she acts as a slot editor and opinion editor in addition to her duties as a manager. Ms. Sonntag holds responsibility for directing backfield work for more than 100 columns and news wires. Furthermore, she has spearheaded several separate initiatives designed to improve the overall quality and efficiency of the news organization. In 2010, she initiated and oversaw a full redesign of the organization’s website in order to adapt to changing conditions in the news media market. Ms. Sonntag has also significantly revised and updated newsroom processes in addition to supervising the retraining of the editors. Before assuming her duties as managing editor, Patti Sonntag held a role at The New York Times Syndicate as a senior editor. In this position, she served as a backfield editor and lent her expertise to editing articles and op-ed pieces by a wide variety of respected authors. Ms. Sonntag also worked as a contributing editor with the same company. Prior to establishing her professional relationship with The New York Times Syndicate, Patti Sonntag worked for Elizabeth Publishing as a freelance fact-checker. During this time, Ms. Sonntag assisted with the editing of “The New York Times Almanac 2005,” in addition to other reference books. She also held an internship at The New Yorker, where she prepared reports and selected short stories for editorial review. As a testament to her success, Patti Sonntag has received a number of significant distinctions. During her educational career, Ms. Sonntag was awarded the International House Women’s International Leadership scholarship. She also received a nonfiction writing award from This Magazine for her article "Notes From the Palestinian Riots."