|First appearance||"More with Less" (episode 5.01)|
|Last appearance||"-30-" (episode 5.10)|
|Reason/Cause||End of season|
|Occupation||City desk editor at Baltimore Sun|
|Episode Count||9 episodes|
|Portrayed by||Sam Freed|
James Whiting is the paper's executive editor and is responsible for guiding the paper's reporting portrayed by Sam Freed.
He has ambitions of winning a Pulitzer prize for his paper and his fascination with the "Dickensian aspect" of stories leaves him often out-of-touch with the problems facing the city. His managing editor is a colleague from their days working in Philadelphia, Thomas Klebanow.
Klebanow handles the day to day running of the paper and the handling of cutbacks from the paper's owners. He is interested in pursuing stories that stir emotion in the reader over those that examine the context and roots of social problems facing the city. Whiting values his network of connections in the industry, and used his authority to prevent the paper from publishing a negative story about shortfalls in racial integration at the University of Maryland to protect his old friend Gene Robbins, the dean of journalism.
- Whiting is based on former Baltimore Sun editor John Carroll.