Sam Sifton (born June 5, 1966) is an American journalist who is national news editor of The New York Times.. Sifton's posts at the Times had included deputy dining editor (2001); dining editor (2001–04); deputy culture editor (2004–2005) and culture editor (2005–2009).In October 2009, Sifton succeeded Frank Bruni as restaurant critic for the Times. Sifton's last review as restaurant critic was published October 11, 2011. Sifton graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in history and literature in 1988. He began his journalism career as assistant editor for American Heritage magazine in 1988.