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The Washington Post Names New Exec Editor Amid International Expansion

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Sally Buzbee

Sally Buzbee. Image credit: AP

The Washington Post has named veteran journalist Sally Buzbee as its first-ever female Executive Editor, effective June 1. She succeeds Martin Baron, who retired at the end of February after eight years in charge of the 143-year-old news organization.

In a memo to employees, the newspaper’s Publisher, Fred Ryan, wrote that “we looked for someone steeped in the courageous journalism that is The Post’s hallmark, and who can extend our reach to news audiences in the U.S. and abroad.”

He added, “We sought a bold leader who can manage our dynamic newsroom and bureaus across the globe. . . . We looked carefully for someone who shares our values of diversity and inclusion, and who is committed to prioritizing them in our news coverage as well as our hiring and promotion.”

Buzbee steps into her new role with decades of journalism experience. She began her career as a journalist at The Associated Press in 1988 and worked her way up the editorial ranks to most recently serve as the international news organizations SVP and Executive Editor.

In an article, The Washington Post acknowledged her experience at the helm of the global news wire company made her an attractive candidate as expands its operations abroad. The Washington Post intends to launch new news hubs in London and Seoul in 2021 as well as expand into in Sydney and Bogota. These new news hubs will expand the organization’s international presence to 26 locales.

“The Post has such a rich journalistic legacy, and such a terrific staff,” Buzbee said in an interview. “It’s exciting to join this organization at a time of growth and innovation.”

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