Sally Buzzbee steps down as editor of The Washington Post

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Sally Buzzbee has stepped down as Executive Editor of The Washington Post, the newspaper announced Sunday night.

Buzzbee, who has led the Post since 2021, will be immediately replaced by Matt Murray, the former Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal, until the 2024 election.

After the election, Robert Winnett, Deputy Editor of The Telegraph Media Group, will take on the new role of Editor at The Washington Post, the company said in its announcement.

“Sally is an incredible leader and a supremely talented media executive who will be sorely missed. I wish her all the best going forward,” William Lewis, CEO and Publisher of the Post said in a statement.

The Post in announcing Buzzbee’s departure said it plans to launch a new division of the newsroom dedicated “to better serving audiences who want to consume and pay for news differently from traditional offerings.”

The new organizational structure comes as Post leaders have said they need to “move away from the traditional one-size-fits-all approach” to its business and to create news for a broader range of readers and customers.

The Post’s new focus will be more on “video storytelling, embracing AI to help, and flexible payment methods,” it said, noting it plans to have the new newsroom division operational by the third quarter of 2024.

Buzzbee was the first woman to ever serve as editor of the Post, and came to the news organization from The Associated Press, where she had worked since the late 1980s.

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