Sally Buzbee will be the first woman to direct The Washington Post.

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She worked as Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of The Associated Press. She will now succeed the legendary Marty Baron. This is the first hiring for this role since Jeff Bezos bought the company in 2013.

Sally Buzbee, senior vice president and general editor of The Associated Press, was appointed on Tuesday as general editor of The Washington Post, succeeding the legendary Marty Baron. She will be the first woman to direct a prestigious newspaper since its founding 144 years ago.

The A.P.'s senior editor since 2017, Buzbee, has led the agency in covering the coronavirus pandemic, the presidency of Donald Trump, the #MeToo movement, Brexit, the racial injustice protests, and the 2020 U.S. elections.

Its emphasis on live coverage of breaking news events in all formats has earned the agency top journalistic accolades in recent years, including Pulitzer Prizes for feature film photography and international reporting.

In naming Buzbee to one of the highest-profile jobs in journalism, Fred Ryan, the newspaper's editor and chief executive, noted his accomplishments and experience in leading a global news organization.

In an extensive search that included many of America's best journalists, Sally stood out as the right person to lead the Post, Ryan said. "He is highly commended for his integrity, his immense energy, and his commitment to the democratic struggle that journalism plays in safeguarding our democracy.

Ryan said in an interview that Buzbee was the "unanimous choice" for the job after interviews with him and Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder who owns the Post. "We agreed," he said. It is the first hiring of a general editor since Bezos bought the company in 2013.

International experience

Before being named senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, Buzbee served as the agency's Washington bureau chief, and prior to that was a Middle East editor, among many other positions in an A.P. career that began in 1988.

Ryan said that Buzbee's expertise in monitoring international news made her an attractive candidate as the Post expands its overseas operations. The newspaper announced plans to open news centers in London and Seoul this year to allow its newsroom to report stories 24 hours a day. It will also open offices in Sydney and Bogotá, expanding its offices to 26 outside the United States.

The challenge of succeeding Marty Baron

At the Post, Buzbee replaces the revered Baron, who has run the outlet since 2013, leading the organization's resurgence under Bezos' ownership. Baron retired earlier this year, at age 66.

"I've been lucky to get a great job in journalism, and I'm very happy to take on a whole new challenge," Buzzie said. The post has a strong legacy, a committed staff, and is doing some cutting-edge work to attract new audiences.

Buzbee, a native of Olathe, Kansas, joined the A.P. in 1988 after graduating from the University of Kansas.

She was later a correspondent in San Diego, and then, in 1995, she joined the Washington office, where she eventually became an assistant director. Buzbee also holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

In 2004, Bezbi became the AP's editor for the Middle East in Cairo, where she covered the war in Iraq, the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, the Darfur crisis, and the expansion of terrorist cells in Saudi Arabia. Yemen and other regions.

In early 2010, she was promoted to associate managing editor at the agency's New York headquarters and led the founding of the Nerve Center, A.P.'s center for global news coordination and client communication. Later that year, she became head of the Washington Bureau. She oversaw the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, surveying and investigating teams from the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the Bureau.

She has two daughters, and Margaret, 20, Emma, 21. Her husband, John Buzbee, a foreign service officer and a Middle East specialist at the State Department, died in 2016.

"This is bad news for the A.P.," said Gary Pruitt, the agency's president, and CEO. "Sally has been an extraordinary leader in the biggest news of our time, guiding the A.P. correspondents and reporters. We are sorry for Sally's loss, but we are very happy because she has taken the next step.

We look forward to seeing Sally succeed in the Post.

Buzbee said A.P. journalists are some of the best in the world: bold, courageous, and truthful. Every day, stories from all over the world are told with accuracy, precision, style, and the world depends on the A.P. for this solid information. It's a great honor and a pleasure to work with them. 

"An honor"

Buzbee will start his new position on June 1. The A.P. announced Tuesday that it was immediately beginning its search for a new general editor. The method is supposed to take several months.

Although several women have served as managing editors at The Post, the second-highest-ranking position in importance, none have been appointed to the position of general editor since the newspaper was founded in 1877.

Buzbee underscored the historic nature of her hiring and said it was "an honor" to be the first woman to serve. I have always been aware in my career and in my life of how others have paved the way for me," he said. I am incredibly grateful for that. I am also aware of the fact that we can never rest on the issue of diversity. My feeling is that no matter how far we go, it is never enough.