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SOUTHEASTERN ASSET MANAGEMENT INC/TN/ filed this Form SC 13G on 02/13/1995
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                 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                      Washington, D.C.  20549

                            SCHEDULE 13G
             Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                         (Original Filing)*

                    The Washington Post Company
             ------------------------------------------
                          (Name of Issuer)


                        Class B Common Stock
            -------------------------------------------
                  (Title of Class and Securities)

                             939640108
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               (CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)



Check the following box if a fee is being paid with this statement
/X/. (A fee is not required only if the filing person: (1) has a
previous statement on file reporting beneficial ownership of more
than five percent of the class of securities described in Item 1;
and (2) has filed no amendment subsequent thereto reporting
beneficial ownership of five percent or less of such class.  See
Rule 13d-7).


* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a
reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the
subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment
containing information which would alter the disclosures provided
in a prior page.


The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall
not be deemed to by "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the
liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all
other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

SEC 1745 (10-88)

                  (Continued on following page(s))





CUSIP No. 939640108                                  13G
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(1)  NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
     Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.      I.D. No. 62-0951781
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(2)  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP:
                                              (a)
                                              (b) X
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(3)  SEC USE ONLY
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(4)  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
     Tennessee
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   :(5) SOLE VOTING POWER
                                   :   (Discretionary Accounts)
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY      :    393,450 shares
OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON     --------------------------------
WITH                               :(6) SHARED OR NO VOTING POWER
                                   :     154,000 shares (Shared)
                                          29,350 shares (No Vote)
                                   --------------------------------
                                   :(7) SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        (Discretionary Accounts)
                                   :    416,450 shares
                                   --------------------------------
                                   :(8)  SHARED OR NO DISPOSITIVE
                                         POWER
                                   :     154,000 shares (Shared)
                                          6,350 SHARES (None)
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(9)  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
      (Discretionary & Non-discretionary Accounts)
        576,800 shares
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(10)  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW 9 EXCLUDES
      CERTAIN SHARES
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(11)  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9
      6.0 %
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(12)  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
      IA
- -------------------------------------------------------------------









CUSIP No. 939640108                                     13G
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(1)  NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
     O. Mason Hawkins                         I.D. No. 257-72-3256
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(2)  CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP:
                                              (a)
                                              (b) X
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(3)  SEC USE ONLY
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(4)  CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
     Citizen of United States
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   :(5) SOLE VOTING POWER
                                   :   (Discretionary Accounts)
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY      :    None
OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON     --------------------------------
WITH                               :(6) SHARED VOTING POWER

                                   :    None
                                   --------------------------------
                                   :(7) SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

                                   :    None
                                   --------------------------------
                                   :(8) SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                                   :    None
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(9)  AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

       None  (See Item 3 )
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(10)  CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW 9 EXCLUDES
      CERTAIN SHARES
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(11)  PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9
      0.0%
- -------------------------------------------------------------------
(12)  TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
      IN
- -------------------------------------------------------------------









 
Item 1.

     (a). Name of Issuer: The Washington Post Company
          ("Issuer")

     (b). Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices:

          1150 15th Street, NW
          Washington, DC 20071

Item 2.

     (a) and (b). Names and Principal Business Addresses of
         Persons Filing:

         (1). Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.
              6075 Poplar Ave., Suite 900
              Memphis, TN 38119

         (2). Mr. O. Mason Hawkins
              Chairman of the Board and C.E.O.
              Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.
              6075 Poplar Ave. Suite 900
              Memphis, TN 38119


     (c). Citizenship:

          Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. - A Tennessee
            corporation

          Mr. O. Mason Hawkins - U.S. Citizen

     (d). Title of Class of Securities:  Class B Common
            Stock (the "Securities").

     (e). Cusip Number: 939640108


Item 3.  If this statement is filed pursuant to Rules 13d-1
 (b) or 13d-2 (b), check whether the person filing is a:

     (e). Investment Advisor registered under Section 203 of
          the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.  This
          statement is being filed by Southeastern Asset
          Management, Inc. as a registered investment
          adviser. All of the securities covered by this
          report are owned legally by Southeastern's
          investment advisory clients and none are owned
          directly or indirectly by Southeastern.  As
          permitted by Rule 13d-4, the filing of this
          statement shall not be construed as an admission
          that Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. is the
          beneficial owner of any of the securities covered
          by this statement.

     (g). Parent Holding Company.  This statement is also
          being filed by Mr. O. Mason Hawkins, Chairman of
          the Board and Chief Executive Officer of
          Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. in the event he
          could be deemed to be a controlling person of that
          firm as the result of his official positions with
          or ownership of its voting securities. The
          existence of such control is expressly disclaimed.
          Mr.  Hawkins does not own directly or indirectly
          any securities covered by this statement for his
          own account.  As permitted by Rule 13d-4, the
          filing of this statement shall not be construed as
          an admission that Mr. Hawkins is the beneficial
          owner of any of the securities covered by this
          statement.

Item 4. Ownership:

     (a). Amount Beneficially Owned:
          576,800 shares

     (b). Percent of Class:
            6.0%

          Above percentage is based on 9,645,105 shares of
          Class B Common Stock outstanding at 10/31/94.

     (c). Number of shares as to which such person has:

          (i).   sole power to vote or to direct the vote:

                  393,450 shares

          (ii).  shared or no power to vote or to direct the
                 vote:

                 Shared - 154,000 shares. Securities owned by
                 Longleaf Partners Fund, a series of Longleaf
                 Partners Funds Trust, formerly Southeastern
                 Asset Management Funds Trust, an open-end
                 management investment company registered
                 under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

                 No Power to Vote - 29,350






          (iii). sole power to dispose or to direct the
                 disposition of:

                  416,450 shares

          (iv).  shared or no power to dispose or to direct
                 the disposition of:

                 Shared - 154,000 shares. Securities owned by
                 Longleaf Partners Fund, a series of Longleaf
                 Partners Funds Trust, formerly
                 Southeastern Asset Management Funds Trust,
                 an open-end management investment company
                 registered under the Investment Company Act
                 of 1940.

                 No Power - 6,350 shares

Item 5. Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class:  N/A


Item 6. Ownership of More Than Five Percent on Behalf of
        Another Person:  N/A


Item 7. Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary
        Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the
        Parent Holding Company:  N/A


Item 8. Identification and Classification of Members of the
        Group:  N/A


Item 9. Notice of Dissolution of Group:  N/A



Item 10. Certification:


By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge
and belief, the securities referred to above were acquired in
the ordinary course of business and were not acquired for the
purpose and do not have the effect of changing or influencing
the control of the issuer of such securities and were not
acquired in connection with or as a participant in any
transaction having such purposes or effect.




 
                             Signatures

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of the knowledge and
belief of the undersigned, the undersigned certifies that the
information set forth in this statement is true, complete and
correct.


Dated: February 3, 1995

                              Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.



                              By  /s/ Charles D. Reaves
                              ------------------------------
                              Charles D. Reaves
                              Vice President and General Counsel


                              O. Mason Hawkins, Individually

                                  /s/ O. Mason Hawkins
                              --------------------------------


                       Joint Filing Agreement


In accordance with Rule 13d-1(f) under the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, the persons or entities named below agree to the joint
filing on behalf of each of them of this Schedule 13G with respect
to the Securities of the Issuer and further agree that this joint
filing agreement be included as an exhibit to this Schedule 13G. In
evidence thereof, the undersigned hereby execute this Agreement as
of the 3rd day of February, 1995.



                              Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.

                              By  /s/ Charles D. Reaves
                              ------------------------------
                              Charles D. Reaves
                              Vice President & General Counsel

                              O. Mason Hawkins, Individually


                               /s/ O. Mason Hawkins
                              --------------------------------