executive editor, Nowy Dziennik (Polish Daily News), New York
Deptula was born in Lublin, Poland and attended the Catholic University of Lublin, where he earned a master’s degree in history. He founded his first newspaper at age 17 in communist Poland as an alternative to the official censorship system and was an editor at several underground publications. He moved to the United States in 1988, first working as a roofer before becoming a freelance journalist for a number of Polish-language newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he joined Nowy Dziennik (Polish Daily News), a 50,000-circulation daily newspaper published for the Polish community in the New York area, as a reporter and editor. He is now executive editor of the newspaper and contributing writer to the Polish language edition of Newsweek magazine. He was awarded a 2003 Ethnic Press Fellowship and awards of excellence for his work from the Independent Press Association.
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