Washington Post Starts ‘Broad’ Search for New Editor

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The Washington Post, which has expanded quickly under the ownership of billionaire Jeff Bezos, is seeking a new executive editor after longtime newsroom boss Marty Baron announced plans to step down.

Baron said in a memo to staff that he will retire Feb. 28, capping a nearly 45-year career in journalism. Under his leadership, the newsroom grew to more than 1,000 journalists from 580.

Washington Post Starts ‘Broad’ Search for New Editor

Washington Post Chief Executive Officer Fred Ryan is now tasked with finding a new leader for a burgeoning operation with a deep-pocketed owner. Bezos, the second-richest person in the world, acquired the newspaper for $250 million in 2013, betting he could revive the struggling institution famed for its coverage of the Watergate scandal. The Amazon.com Inc. CEO is currently worth $192.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

What followed was a hiring spree that bucked the broader trends in journalism.

“Under Marty’s eight years of newsroom leadership, the Washington Post has experienced a dramatic resurgence and has soared to new journalistic heights,” Ryan said in a statement posted Tuesday to the newspaper’s website. “His leadership of the Post newsroom has earned global respect and has been recognized in many ways, including 10 Pulitzer Prizes.”

Finding a worthy successor is “one of the most consequential responsibilities I will have as your publisher,” he said. “The search will be a broad and inclusive one, considering both outstanding internal candidates as well as journalists at other publications with the vision and ability to build upon Marty’s success.”

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