Washington Post names 1st Black womanlike handling editor in the 143-year history


Krissah Thompson is a paper’s initial Black womanlike handling editor.

Krissah Thompson is a initial Black womanlike handling editor in Washington Post history. (Photo: Washington Post)

Krissah Thompson has been named a handling editor during The Washington Post, the initial Black lady to reason a purpose in a news publication’s history.

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Executive Editor Marty Baron announced Thompson as handling editor for farrago and inclusion.

“Krissah will be in assign of ensuring significant, unchanging swell on farrago and inclusiveness in all we do – a coverage of race, ethnicity and temperament as good as softened recruitment, influence and career enrichment for reporters of color,” a Post pronounced in an official statement.

The timing of Thompson’s sinecure is not coincidental. Her appointment was announced alongside some-more than a dozen new positions during The Washington Post in June. These opportunities were combined as a outcome of a arise of a inhabitant transformation sparked by protests over injustice and military brutality.

“This is a ancestral impulse in American story and in competition relations. It requires us to re-examine a coverage and combine resources on a issues of race, ethnicity, and temperament that clearly merit heightened attention,” says Barron.

Thompson, 41, has an endless two-decade veteran story with The Post. With her promotion, she joins a masthead as of one of 4 deputies and becomes a initial Black lady to be a handling editor in The Washington Post’s 143-year history.

In her new role, she will lead newsroom efforts in recruiting, hiring, promotion, and mentorship.

“A different staff creates a stating better,” Thompson pronounced in an talk with The Post. She continues, “We’re improved when we have some-more perspectives and we can cover communities as deeply and widely as possible.

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She also common her fad on amicable media.

As of final year, The Post reported a 71% non-Hispanic, white newsroom, including 79% of tip managerial staff.

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