The Washington Post names John Temple, former Rocky Mountain News editor, as a managing editor

The Washington Post on Thursday named John Temple, former editor and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, as a managing editor.

Temple, 58, will oversee parts of the newsroom mainly serving the newspaper’s local audience, including its Metro section and sports and arts coverage. He also will have the title of senior digital editor.

Temple ran the Rocky Mountain News from 1998 until 2009, when the newspaper, unable to weather the recession, shut its doors. Under his watch, the newspaper won four Pulitzer prizes. He also served as the paper’s president and publisher.

Most recently, Temple helped launch an online news site covering Hono­lulu called Civil Beat. The site, co-founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, charges subscribers $19.99 per month.

Temple also has served as a vice president of the E.W. Scripps newspaper group and a managing editor of the Albuquerque Tribune.


John Temple in February 2009. (Mark Leffingwell /Reuters)

The Post has two managing editors who report to the paper’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli. Raju Narisetti, the former managing editor, announced in January that he was leaving the paper for a job at the Wall Street Journal.

Narisetti oversaw the newsroom’s online operations, while the paper’s other managing editor, Liz Spayd, focused on the daily print edition.

Temple’s arrival April 30 will change that division of roles. Rather than splitting print and digital, the managing editors will divide national and local coverage.

“Everybody needs to be digital,” Brauchli said. He added that with Temple’s new role, “We’re putting a much closer focus on our local audience and its needs.”

The Post has long had a national audience because of its coverage of the nation’s capital. Its revenue, though, is still derived mostly from local subscribers to its print edition.

Jia Lynn Yang is a business editor at The Washington Post.
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