Biography of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

On September 2, 2014, Jeff Bezos announced the appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. as Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post and affiliated publishing business: Express, The Gazette Newspapers, Comprint Military Publications, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Robinson Terminal.

Until August 2014, he served as President and CEO of POLITICO, which he co-founded in 2007. This Washington based nonpartisan publication covers policy and politics with a focus on speed, insight and in-depth reporting. Under Ryan’s leadership as CEO, POLITICO was recognized with many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize and was named by Fast Company Magazine for excellence as one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies.”

From 1995-2014, Mr. Ryan was also President and COO of Allbritton Communications, a top performing and award-winning group of broadcast and cable television stations. Its ABC Network affiliated stations ranged in market size from Washington, DC, to Charleston, SC. NewsChannel 8, its local cable channel serving Washington, Maryland and Virginia, became the most successful local news channel in America. The television group was sold to Sinclair Broadcasting on August 1, 2014.

Mr. Ryan serves as Chairman of the White House Historical Association and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, and Co-Chair of the National Archives Advisory Committee on Presidential Libraries. He serves on the Board of several other non-profit organizations including Ford’s Theatre, The National Museum of American History, and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Mr. Ryan served in the White House from 1982-1989 and later became Chief of Staff to former President Ronald Reagan.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Ryan was an attorney at the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer & Burrill. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Speech Communication in 1977 and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1980.

He resides in the Washington area with his wife Genevieve McSweeney Ryan and their three daughters.

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