Washington Post's New Editor a WSJ Refugee

Former Managing Editor Marcus Brauchli to Replace Len Downie

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- The Washington Post today named former Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli as its executive editor, succeeding Leonard Downie Jr.
Marcus Brauchli
Marcus Brauchli

The announcement was made this afternoon by Publisher Katharine Weymouth, who said that Mr. Brauchli "brings a tremendous wealth of experience, both as a journalist and as an editor, that will help us navigate the new world of media -- honoring and building on the standards of journalism blazed by Ben Bradlee and Len Downie -- and move us forward to a new and bright future.

"Marcus has the ability to think strategically about our newsroom, about how to realign our resources in a way that is consistent with what readers want and expect and maintain the Post's first-rate journalism," she said.

Ms. Weymouth, who was named publisher just four months ago, recently oversaw a third round of buyout offers designed to save money despite incurring severance costs approaching $80 million, accepted by about 100 newsroom staffers. She also recently told Ad Age that an important trait for Mr. Downie's successor was the ability to change the paper's structure or head count "without overly demoralizing the staff or hurting the product that we put out in print or online."

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Mr. Brauchli became managing editor of the Wall Street Journal in April 2007, but resigned four months after Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. acquired Dow Jones & Co.

Before becoming that paper's managing editor, Mr. Brauchli had been deputy news editor. He also led the redesign of the paper and was involved in the Journal's launch of its Saturday edition.

The switch is effective Sept. 8. According to the Post company, Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com; and Phil Bennett, managing editor of the newspaper, will report to Mr. Brauchli.
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