Currently a senior fellow of the Freedom Forum and trustee at the Newseum, from 1989 to 1997 he was the editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times. Coffey started his journalism career at The Washington Post as a sports reporter, and held a variety of editorial positions. He then served as editor for the U.S. News & World Report, before joining forces with the Dallas Times Herald, where he held a position as senior vice president and editor. Mr. Coffey began working for ABC News productions as executive vice president. After working for CNN, Coffey served as president of CNN Business News and CNNfn.