Two old and very respected media companies have for the first time appointed women as chief editors.
Washington Post has named Sally Buzbee, executive editor and senior vice president of news agency Associated Press to succeed Marty Baron as the newspaper’s executive editor. Recently Alessandra Galloni was appointed chief editor of Reuters News Agency succeeding Stephen Adler. Both of them were the first woman on the post. Washington Post is 143 years old and Reuters 170!
Buzbee has been executive editor and senior vice president of the Associated Press since early 2017, overseeing the AP’s global news operation.
Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos bought Washington Post in 2013 and has expanded its newsroom, broadened its coverage and invested in its digital operations. It now has about 3 million digital-only subscribers, up close to a million in the last year.
Buzbee might be the first women executive editor but the Washington Post was for many years led by a woman – legendary Katharine Graham – who as publisher lead the Post through its coverage of the Watergate break in when her paper was the news leader and also in the coverage of the Pentagon Papers.