Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as Washington Post publisher and CEO, the paper announced this morning. “I am so grateful to Katharine for agreeing to stay on as Publisher this past year. She has successfully led many new initiatives and assured that the first ownership change of this great institution in eighty years has been done smoothly and without skipping a beat,” Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder who bought the Post last summer, said in a press release.
Mr. Bezos told Ms. Weymouth that he was replacing her as publisher during an August 18 visit to the newspaper, but will continue to pay her to act as an advisor through the end of the year. Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who helped found Politico, will replace Ms. Weymouth, whose departure ends eight decades of Graham family leadership at the Post.
Want to know more about the new Washington Post publisher? The Post had a story about Fred Ryan all ready to go this morning. The newspaper is owning the coverage of its own news, just as it did when it was bought by Jeff Bezos last year. (The Washington Post)
Mazel tov to New York Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who married girlfriend Gabrielle Elise Greene in Martha’s Vineyard. The wedding was announced, naturally, by the Times. (The New York Times)
It’s high times over at High Times. (The Washington Post)
If you ask an obituary writer, we are all just the “pre-dead.” (The New York Times)