Katharine Weymouth, The Post’s publisher, on Marcus Brauchli’s departure
By Katharine Weymouth,
After more than four years as executive editor of The Washington Post, Marcus Brauchli will step down, effective December 31, to assume a new role as Vice President of The Washington Post Company, working closely with Don Graham to review and evaluate new media opportunities.
Marcus has contributed immeasurably in the more than four years he has been at the helm of this newsroom. Marcus was the first executive editor of The Post to assume leadership for both print and online operations. Under his leadership, we have become one newsroom publishing on multiple platforms.
We have become known for our ability to create innovative digital products that allow our readers to engage in new ways with some of the best journalism in the world.
Under Marcus, The Post’s newsroom won four Pulitzer prizes and was a finalist for eight others, as well as an array of other awards including a George Polk, a Peabody, several Overseas Press Club awards and citations, and recognition from state press associations in Maryland and Virginia and international news-design organizations.
The acclaim came for a wide array of stories, including powerful accountability projects such as Top Secret America, which depicted the massive growth in the U.S. national-security establishment since Sept. 11; Capitol Assets, a project looking at the pervasive conflicts of interest in Congress; The Permanent War, an examination of how counterterrorism has created an infrastructure for engaging with enemies around the world; and a running investigation into corruption and mismanagement in the District of Columbia’s government.
Marcus also has put a strong emphasis on the expansion of The Post’s digital operation, creating teams that specialize in interactive journalism and in building audiences for The Post’s journalism. Today, its digital operations, including washingtonpost.com, mobile platforms and an expanded digital-video unit, are consistently recognized as among the most innovative mainstream news sites. Daily traffic has grown substantially and at a rate that exceeds most major competitors. Visits to the Post’s website on Election Day alone were a record and nearly double levels of 2008. At the same time, Marcus has filled our ranks with talented journalists and editors from outside while he also nurtured and promoted talent from within The Post.