Post's Glasser Named to Lead Outlook Section

Thursday, January 5, 2006

Susan B. Glasser, who reports on terrorism for The Washington Post and previously served as the paper's co-bureau chief in Moscow, yesterday was named assistant managing editor in charge of the Outlook section.

Glasser, 36, joined The Post in 1998. She was a deputy national editor and national political reporter before going to Moscow in 2001. While based there, she also reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Central Asia. She returned to Washington last year, writing mainly about terrorism but also about the government's muddled response to Hurricane Katrina.

As editor of Outlook, she will be in charge of the first five pages of the paper's Sunday opinion and commentary section, reporting to Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and Managing Editor Philip Bennett. The section's editorials, op-ed commentary and the Close to Home page are the responsibility of the Editorial Department.

"The section is a core part of our efforts to produce a more vital and indispensable Sunday paper," Downie and Bennett said in a memo to the staff about Glasser's appointment.

"As an editor and reporter, Susan has found inspired ways to match Big Ideas with the practical world and individual lives," they said. "Susan's ideas for Outlook impressed us with their ambition and originality, backed by her commitment to openness and proven ability to deliver the goods."

Glasser also is co-author -- with her husband and co-bureau chief in Moscow, Washington Post White House reporter Peter Baker -- of "Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution," published in June by Scribner. They live in Washington with their son, Theodore.

She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she was managing editor of the Harvard Crimson. Before coming to The Post, she was editor of Roll Call.

She will begin her new job in February, succeeding Steve Luxenberg, who has held the position since 1996. Luxenberg, 53, announced in October that he was stepping down and taking a leave of absence to pursue a writing project.

"Outlook is one of the great pieces of real estate in the Sunday Washington Post, with a real storied tradition of helping shape the Washington conversation," Glasser said. "What I would hope to do is build on that and think of lots of exciting and interesting ways to update it for an Internet era when opinions and controversy have become the currency but reasoned commentary and analysis are sometimes missing from that new digital equation."

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