Sally Buzbee is stepping down as editor of The Washington Post

Sally Buzbee, editor-in-chief of The Washington Post since 2021, has resigned, publisher and CEO William Lewis announced late on Sunday.

She will be replaced by Matt Murray, the former editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, Lewis said. Following the presidential election in November, Robert Winnett, most recently deputy editor of Telegraph Media Group, will take the helm in a newly created role of editor. Both have worked with Lewis before.

The abrupt shake-up at the Post’s top leadership – which Lewis announced alongside ambitious plans for a new newsroom division – is by far the British-born journalist’s biggest move since taking over as CEO in January.

Buzbee, formerly editor-in-chief of the Associated Press, was the first woman to lead the nearly 150-year-old newspaper. She was not immediately available for comment.

The announcement surprised many in the newsroom. Buzbee appeared on stage less than two weeks ago at a companywide meeting, where Lewis told staff about a plan to create new tiers of subscription offerings in an effort to increase revenue.

She was hired in May 2021 by Fred Ryan, then publisher and CEO of The Post, who resigned nearly a year ago after a rare round of layoffs and public clashes with the editors’ union.

When Lewis was named the next publisher late last year, he told the Post that he was “a big fan” of Buzbee, whom he met while serving on the Associated Press board, and that he was “100 percent determined to keep her job.

Lewis also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Buzbee’s departure comes at an already tumultuous time for The Post, which lost $77 million last year, Lewis recently acknowledged, and offered buyouts to a few hundred staffers in late 2023 to rein in costs.

In his Sunday evening email to staff, Lewis also announced plans to launch “a new division of the newsroom” later this year, focused on “service and social media journalism” and aimed at audiences who want “news in a different way consume and pay for more than traditional news’. offers.”

The goal, he added, “is to bring compelling, exciting and accurate news where they are and in style to the millions of Americans — who feel traditional news isn’t for them but still want to be kept informed.” that they want.”

Murray will oversee this new division after the election, Lewis said. Winnett, meanwhile, will oversee “core coverage areas” such as politics, investigations, business, technology, sports and features. David Shipley will remain head of The Post’s opinion section, which has traditionally operated separately from news.

Murray was the top editor of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones when Lewis was the Journal’s publisher and CEO of Dow Jones.

In recent months, Lewis has also announced the hiring of other former Dow Jones colleagues to top positions at The Post, including Karl Wells as Chief Growth Officer and Suzy Watford as Chief Strategy Officer.

Winnett is less known in American media circles than Murray, but he also has a history with Lewis, who was editor of London’s Daily Telegraph when he hired Winnett as a senior reporter for the paper in 2007. Both had previously worked together at London’s Sunday Times.

This is a breaking story that will be updated.

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