WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2008--Marcus Brauchli has
been named executive editor of The Washington Post, effective
September 8. He succeeds Leonard Downie, Jr., who announced his
retirement on June 23. Brauchli will oversee the editorial operations
of both The Washington Post newspaper and washingtonpost.com; Jim
Brady, executive editor of washingtonpost.com, and Phil Bennett,
managing editor of the newspaper, will report to him.
Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said: "Marcus 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."
Brauchli was named managing editor of The Wall Street Journal in
April 2007. He resigned one year later, four months after News Corp
acquired the newspaper's parent company, Dow Jones & Co.
As managing editor, Brauchli oversaw the Journal news operations,
both in the U.S. and internationally. He led the integration of the
Journal's print and online newsrooms and put an emphasis on breaking
news and dynamic content online, while focusing the newspaper on
original or exclusive news. He oversaw planning for a new luxury
lifestyle magazine that will launch in September 2008.
Before becoming the Journal's managing editor, Brauchli was a
deputy managing editor at the Journal. In that job, he led the
newsroom team in the redesign of the newspaper that launched in
January 2007. Earlier, as global news editor, Brauchli oversaw the
redesign of the Journal's Asian and European editions. He was also
closely involved with the 2005 launch of the U.S. Journal's Saturday
edition. Before that, as national editor, he helped guide the
Journal's coverage of two U.S. presidential elections; the
stock-market downturn and corporate scandals of the early part of the
decade; and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, for which the
Journal - its offices damaged and evacuated that day - won a Pulitzer
Brauchli's career at Dow Jones began in 1984, when he joined the
company as a national copyreader for AP-Dow Jones News Services. Later
that year, he became the agency's Hong Kong correspondent, covering
Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and the Philippines. He moved to Stockholm in
1987 as Scandinavia correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Europe.
He became the Journal's finance and economics reporter in Tokyo in
1988. In late 1992, Brauchli returned to Hong Kong as Asia
correspondent. He reported extensively from India, Pakistan, China and
Southeast Asia, before moving in 1995 to Shanghai as the China Bureau
As a reporter, Brauchli reported and wrote on a wide range of
social, political, economic and finance news. Among the stories he
covered were the sweeping economic and social changes that have
transformed China in the last two decades, the fall of both the Marcos
and Suharto governments, financial crises in Japan and Asia, and
sectarian strife and political change in Pakistan and India.
Brauchli is a native of Boulder, Colo., and a graduate of Columbia
University. He was a 1991-92 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and
led or participated in Journal teams that won two Overseas Press Club
awards and two citations for excellence. He is on the board of
directors of the Overseas Press Club and the International Center for
Journalists, and is an advisor to the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship
program at Columbia. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign
Brauchli is married to Maggie Farley, UN Bureau Chief of the Los
Angeles Times; they have two daughters.
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