Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and handing over the reins to Fred Ryan, the former president and chief executive of Politico, a political news magazine.
“The greatest honor of my life has been serving as publisher of the Post these past seven years, working with all of you. Now, after 17 years at this great institution, it is time for me to explore other opportunities,” Weymouth said in a letter to the newspaper’s staff. “I make this announcement with mixed emotions. I am enormously excited about this new era at the Post, but I will miss all of you tremendously.”
Weymouth’s departure, widely expected since Amazon.com Jeff Bezos acquired the paper last year, brings an end to eight decades of leadership of the Graham family at the Post, Politico reported.
Weymouth is the granddaughter of Katharine Graham, the former chairwoman and publisher of the newspaper.
Ryan will replace Weymouth as publisher and chief executive effective Oct. 1, the report said.
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