Susan Goldberg becomes first woman to be top editor at National Geographic

The National Geographic Society named Susan Goldberg as the new editor in chief of its iconic magazine Wednesday. Goldberg is the 10th editor in chief in the 126-year history of the magazine and the first woman named to the job.

The appointment follows a reorganization of the top staff of the Washington-based non-profit institution by chief executive Gary Knell, the former head of NPR who joined National Geographic in January.

Goldberg is a former editor of Bloomberg News in Washington as well as the top editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the San Jose Mercury News. She joined NatGeo in January as executive editor of news and features.

Goldberg succeeds editor Chris Johns, who was promoted to chief content officer, overseeing all of the Society’s editorial efforts, including Traveler and National Geographic magazines, maps, books and online material.

Paul Farhi is The Washington Post's media reporter.
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