In a bit of a surprise announcement, The Washington Post announced that it has hired The New York Times’ departing public editor Margaret Sullivan.
Sullivan notified the Times in December that she wouldn’t be renewing her four-year contract—which expires in August—citing her belief that there should be a “clear time limit” for the public editor role.
During her tenure Sullivan has raised some eyebrows in the liberal media when she criticized the Times’ front page for its lack of “real news,” and admitted that the paper has a liberal bias, among other things.
At the Post, instead of acting as an ombudsman—a position the paper eliminated three years ago—Sullivan instead will write a weekly column that “will encompass everything related to digital media, and how that transformation is affecting people’s lives and work, along with journalism, news literacy, privacy and free speech, and media personalities,” according to an announcement from the Post.
Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said the paper will name a successor “very soon.”
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