‘Wall Street Journal’ top-ranking editor expected to step down

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New York—Marcus Brauchli, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will reportedly resign from his post, four months after Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. completed its acquisition of Dow Jones & Co.

The news of Brauchli’s pending resignation was first reported on Time’s Web site. A spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Journal, had no comment on the report.

Brauchli, who has been with the Journal since 1984, was named managing editor in April 2007 and took charge the following month. According to, Robert J. Thompson, publisher of the Journal, may fill in for Brauchli on an interim basis.

News of Brauchli’s pending departure came on the same day that the Journal unveiled a new look, with the front section exclusively devoted to national and international news and the “Marketplace” section carrying corporate news. The Op-Ed section has been expanded to three pages.

In recent months the Journal has been running fewer business stories on its front page.

—Matthew Schwartz

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