Sally Buzbee steps down as Executive Editor of The Washington Post. Matt Murray and Robert Winnett take editorial leadership roles in new newsroom structure.

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The Washington Post today announced Sally Buzbee has stepped down as Executive Editor. Buzbee has been with The Washington Post since 2021, leading the newsroom through the turbulence of the pandemic and expanding its service journalism, including Climate and Well+Being. Under her leadership, The Washington Post has won significant awards, including the recent Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Matt Murray, former Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), will replace Buzbee as Executive Editor until the 2024 U.S presidential election, after which Robert Winnett, Deputy Editor of The Telegraph Media Group, will take on the new role of Editor at The Washington Post, responsible for overseeing our core coverage areas, including politics, investigations, business, technology, sports and features.

The Washington Post also announced today its intention 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.

This third newsroom will be comprised of service and social media journalism and run separately from the core news operation. The aim is to give the millions of Americans – who feel traditional news is not for them but still want to be kept informed –compelling, exciting and accurate news where they are and in the style that they want.

This new organizational structure follows The Washington Post’s recent announcement of its ‘Build It’ plan, which highlights the need to move away from the traditional one-size-fits-all approach and to create news for a broader range of readers and customers. This will focus more on video storytelling, embracing AI to help, and flexible payment methods. The new newsroom division will be operational by the third quarter of this year.

The move will also allow the core news division to focus on growing The Post subscriber base and building a new suite of professional products – Pro, Plus and Membership.

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

Murray will join as Executive Editor, effective immediately. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for 29 years, eventually leading its 1,300-person newsroom as well as overseeing the publication’s editorial strategy and operations. Under Murray’s tenure, The Wall Street Journal doubled its digital traffic and subscriptions, and achieved record growth in video and audio audiences as it expanded across all platforms.

“I’m deeply honored to join such a storied news institution with its long, rich history of memorable and impactful journalism and want to thank Sally for her great leadership,” said Murray. “I am excited by Will and Jeff’s vision for The Post’s next era of growth and reinvention and can’t wait to get started.”

This fall, Winnett will take on the new role of Editor at The Washington Post, responsible for overseeing its core coverage areas, including politics, investigations, business, technology, sports and features. He will transition into the role leading up to the election. On November 6th, Murray will begin his role as leader of the third newsroom.

Winnett has an excellent track record in investigative reporting, delivering scoops and leading significant newsroom transformations. He has run Telegraph Media Group’s news operations since 2013 and has overseen the introduction of Britain’s first fully integrated 24-hour, seven-day news operation covering digital platforms and The Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers.

“By creating three, strong, journalism functions – Core, Service/Social and Opinions – we are taking a definitive step away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach and moving towards meeting our audiences where they are,” said Lewis.

Murray, Winnett and David Shipley, who heads the Opinions Newsroom as Editorial Page Editor, will each report directly to William Lewis.

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