Washington Post taps Sally Buzbee as first female executive editor

The Washington Post on Tuesday named Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press to be its new executive editor — the first girl to carry the job within the paper’s 144-year historical past.

Buzbee succeeds Marty Baron, who stepped down in February from the helm of the paper now owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

“Sally Buzbee has an exceptional record of achievement and a tremendous wealth of experience in leading a global news organization,” stated Fred Ryan, writer and CEO of The Washington Post. “In an extensive search that included many of the best journalists in America, Sally stood out as the right person to lead The Post going forward. She is widely admired for her absolute integrity, boundless energy, and dedication to the essential role journalism plays in safeguarding our democracy.”

Cameron Barr had been the acting executive editor since Baron retired and had been seen as a possible substitute, as was the paper’s nationwide editor Steven Ginsberg. Outside names that surfaced within the hunt included New York Times assistant managing editor Marc Lacey and Carolyn Ryan, a deputy managing editor of The Times and writer of its latest inner overview on range issues on the paper. National Geographic high editor Susan Goldberg was additionally reportedly within the combine.

Buzbee has been executive editor and senior vice chairman of The Associated Press since early 2017, overseeing the AP’s international information operation, which produces content material for over 15,000 information retailers from practically 250 places worldwide. In 2019, the AP gained the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for worldwide reporting for its investigation detailing atrocities of the battle in Yemen.

The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post named Sally Buzbee, a veteran journalist with the Associated Press, as executive editor on May 11, 2021.
The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post named Sally Buzbee, a veteran journalist with the Associated Press, as executive editor on May 11, 2021.
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She began with the worldwide wire service in Kansas in 1988, and bought a deep information of the Beltway serving as AP Washington bureau chief from 2010 to 2016. She additionally has lengthy overseas expertise after spending 5 years in Cairo, starting in 2004, as the AP Middle East regional editor.

“The Washington Post is an institution with a rich journalistic legacy that is on the cutting edge of digital media,” stated Buzbee in a press release. “This puts The Post at the forefront of journalism’s future and presents an enormous opportunity for growth. It will be an honor to lead this incredible group of journalists.”

Buzbee’s appointment marks the most recent high-profile high media jobs to be crammed by a girl or particular person of coloration as the media world grapples with stinging criticism of its lack of newsroom range, particularly within the higher ranks. The Los Angeles Times tapped Kevin Merida as its executive editor on May 3, making him the second black editor and third particular person of coloration to steer the newsroom in its 140-year historical past. Merida succeeds Norm Pearlstine.

Reuters final month named Alessandra Galloni to be its new editor-in-chief, succeeding Steve Adler, making her the first girl to steer the information company in its 170-year historical past.

TV information has additionally embraced the range push. MSNBC in December named its information VP Rashida Jones to succeed Phil Griffin when he stepped down as president in January. Last month, CBS News named Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon to be co-presidents, succeeding Susan Zirinsky. And final month ABC News raided CBS to call Kimberly Goodwin, a black girl, as president, succeeding James Goldston.

Conde Nast, which dedicated to extra range on its upscale glossies final yr, simply tapped Versha Sharma as its new editor of Teen Vogue — its second range rent for a similar job in latest months. In March, Conde employed Axios reporter Alexi McCammond for the job, however she resigned amid criticisms of previous anti-Asian tweets.

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