If (When?) Downie Hangs It Up, Who’s Replacing Him at the Post?

katharineweymouth If (When?) Downie Hangs It Up, Whos Replacing Him at the Post?The rumors are running wild in D.C. that sometime later this week, Post editor Leonard Downie will take a buyout and step down. A short-list of candidates is making its way around, and Michael Calderone at Politico sizes it up.

Calderone believes it’s likely that newly-named publisher Katherine Weymouth will go outside the paper to find Downie’s replacement, and his list includes: Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, ousted Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli, former Post managing editor Steve Coll, New Orleans Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss, and New York Times Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet.

Calderone reports that Meacham has met with Weymouth, but then such a meeting isn’t really unusual-sounding considering the business partnership between the Post and Newsweek.

Dean Baquet, meanwhile, denies rumors that he’s a candidate himself. “I know that’s a rumor, but it isn’t true,” he said to Calderone.

As for Marcus Brauchli, at least within the Journal, they think he’s got a good shot at getting the job.