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  • Sally Buzbee has been named the new executive editor of the Washington Post.
  • She will replace Marty Baron, who left the position in February.
  • Buzbee will be the first woman to head the organization.

The Washington Post has named Sally Buzbee, executive editor and senior vice president at the Associated Press, as its new executive editor.

"Sally Buzbee has an exceptional record of achievement and a tremendous wealth of experience in leading a global news organization," Fred Ryan, Washington Post CEO and publisher, said in a statement. "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."


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Buzbee, who will be the first woman to head the Washington Post, is replacing Marty Baron, who left the position in February.

Buzbee joined the Associated Press in 1988 as a reporter and rose in the ranks. She became its Washington bureau chief in 2010 and remained in the position until she was named executive editor in 2017. 

"The Washington Post is an institution with a rich journalistic legacy that is on the cutting edge of digital media," Buzbee said in a statement. "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 begins at the Washington Post on June 1.


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Published on May 11, 2021