NEW YORK – Revived under the leadership of owner Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post named Associated Press veteran Sally Buzebee as Tuesday’s executive editor, making her the first woman in the paper’s 144-year history to lead the newsroom.
He succeeds retired Marty Baron in one of the most well-known jobs in journalism, the same role played by veteran Ben Bradley when the Post helped break the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.
Buzzbee, 55, has been with the AP since 1988, including as Washington bureau chief, and has been its senior vice president and executive editor since 2017.
In an interview, Boozbee emphasized his commitment to diversity and telling stories in a variety of formats.
“The challenge of journalism everywhere is to meet the audience and they can make our journalism as accessible and fast and transparent as possible,” he said. “The Post has an exceptional team that is in many ways on the cutting edge of figuring out how to do this.”
The Post’s publisher and CEO Fred Ryan pointed to his achievements and experience to lead the global news organization.
“In an extensive search that included many of America’s best journalists, Sally stood out as the right person to pursue the post,” Ryan said. “He is widely acclaimed for our absolute integrity, boundless energy and unwavering energy and dedication to the role of journalism necessary in the protection of our democracy.”
Boozy flew under the radar in the much-awaited search for a successor to the Bazni. In some ways AP’s standing in the business is both ubiquitous and somewhat invisible, as it sells its journalism to thousands of outlets that use it on its websites, front pages and broadcasts.
Yet with its 250 bureaus worldwide and superior operations in video, text, audio and photography, running AP is one of the most complex jobs in journalism.
Buzbee guided AP’s journalism through protests over the COVID-19 epidemic, Trump’s presidency, the #MeToo movement, Brexit and racial injustice. It emphasized breaking news in all formats and deepened AP’s enterprise and investigative efforts.
Under his leadership, AP won Pulitzer Prizes in feature photography and international reporting, and had six other Pulitzer finalists.
In an era when diversity in leadership is being closely watched, Buzzbee’s appointment comes shortly after Kevin Merida, a black man who worked for more than two decades in the post, as top editor at the Los Angeles Times was appointed. ABC News and MSNBC hired black leaders over the past few months.
Former CBS News Post reporter Wesley Lowy quoted Merida in a tweet on Tuesday, saying, “The ineligible black candidate is not even getting a serious call about the job, only for it to go to a white woman and win it.” To be implicated in. Diversity newsroom is the full story of diversity efforts. “
Bujbee said that AP made significant progress in diversity and in the initial path to leadership while she was in charge.
“I look forward to getting to know the (post) staff and want to continue the commitment to diversity and inclusion,” he said. “I think this is one of the top priorities for every news organization going forward, and it is very much mine.”
Ever since Bezos bought it, Post has made a sharp change, especially as a digital organization. Its website receives more than 80 million unique visits per month. But the presence of the Amazon founder is closely watched; Trump pointed to the frequent connections.
Buzbee said that he is impressed by how the post has maintained its independence in the news pages.
Originally Olathe joined Bujebi Apeka, Kansas as a reporter. She was a reporter in San Diego, and then joined the Washington Bureau in 1995, where she eventually became assistant chief of the bureau.
In 2004, Buzbee became the Middle East editor of AP, in Cairo, where he led the war in Iraq, the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, the Darfur crisis and the growth of terrorist cells in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere.
In 2010, he was promoted to deputy managing editor at the agency’s New York headquarters and led the establishment of the now-integral hub of AP, the Nerve Center for Global News Coordination and Customer Communications.
Later that year, he was named head of the Washington bureau, where he covered the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, voting and investigative teams from the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the bureau.
“AP is one of the most important news organizations in the entire world and it is truly my life’s full respect and happiness to be associated with it.” “I’ve learned a lot and I’m really grateful for every single day spent at AP.”
AP President and CEO Gary Prit said that while Buzzbee has been “an exceptional leader” and that he has Bitterwhite News while hiring by the Post, it also reflects well on the organization he left.
“It shows that AP is running at the highest level of journalism,” he said.
Pruitt said the search for a new executive editor would begin immediately and he expected it to take a few months. Meanwhile, executive editor duties will be shared by AP Vice President and Managing Editor Brian Carovilano, who will head AP’s news report, and AP Vice President and Managing Editor David Scott, who handles operations.
Buzzbee will take over the post on 1 June.
Baron, his predecessor, was highly respected for his change of post and his role as watchman of the Trump administration. Baron was portrayed in the film “Spotlight” by Liv Schreiber, who had been leading the Boston Globe since his days as it investigated sexual exploitation of children by Roman Catholic clergy.
“It inspires me,” said Buzbee, “but it doesn’t frighten me.”