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AP’S BUZBEE NAMED EXEC EDITOR OF THE WASHINGTON POST
Reenergized under owner Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post named Associated Press veteran Sally Buzbee as its executive editor Tuesday, making her the first woman in the paper’s 144-year history to lead the newsroom.
She succeeds the retired Marty Baron in one of the most celebrated jobs in journalism, thesameroleheld bythelegendary BenBradleewhen The Post helped break the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.
Buzbee, 55, has been with the AP since 1988 in jobs that included Washington bureau chief.
In an interview, Buzbee stressed her commitment to diversity.
“The challenge of journalism everywhere is to meet audiences where they are and make our journalism as accessible and sharp and transparent as possible,” she said.
Buzbee directed AP’s journalism through the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump’s presidency, the #MeToo movement, Brexit and protests over racial injustice.
Her appointment comes shortly after Kevin Merida, a Black man who worked more than two decades at The Post, was hired as the top editor at the Los Angeles Times. ABC News and MSNBC also recently hired Black leaders.
Wesley Lowery, a former Post reporter now at CBS News, referred to Merida in tweeting Tuesday: “The overqualified Black candidate not even getting a serious call about the job, only for it to go to a white lady and be framed as a win for diversity is the entire story of newsroom diversity efforts.”