The Washington Post has named longtime journalist Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its executive editor, marking the first time a woman has been appointed to lead the 143-year-old news organisation.
Buzbee, AP’s executive editor and senior vice president, will take over leadership of The Post’s nearly 1,000-person newsroom next month, said publisher Fred Ryan, who made the announcement to the newspaper’s staff on Tuesday.
She succeeds Martin Baron, who retired at the end of February after serving as editor since 2013. Her appointment ended a search that began 10 weeks ago, following Baron’s retirement.
Buzbee, 55, has headed AP’s news operations since 2017, and has been with the organisation since she began her career as a journalist in 1988. The venerable wire service, headquartered in New York, is one of the largest news organisations in the world, with about 2,800 journalists.