Susan Goldberg, center, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, during a layout conference with editors in 2015. At left is Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, and on the right is David Lindsey, Executive Editor for News and Features. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)
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Twitter is on fire today with people (mostly women) naming some of their favorite female journalists after Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times asked for nominees. Everyone from Ida B. Wells to Rachel Maddow got a shout-out.

It got me thinking about a much narrower subset — women who are, right now, at the top of newsrooms or media organizations in the United States.

This isn’t to minimize the writing or on-air talent, or those who are in jobs just under the top tier, or those from an earlier era, but to recognize some leaders right now.

I’ll note that at large American newspapers, there are far fewer top female editors than a decade ago, according to a 2014 Nieman Reports study.

And we’ve seen some high-profile departures from top-tier media ranks, notably NBC’s Deborah Turness and, of course, Jill Abramson from the New York Times.

I know this list will be incomplete, so please add whoever is missing in the comments below. (This post has been updated with some of the most obvious omissions.)

Sally Buzbee, executive editor of the Associated Press

Lydia Polgreen, editor in chief of the Huffington Post

Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine

Amanda Bennett, director of Voice of America

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation

Clara Jeffery, editor in chief of Mother Jones magazine

Debbie Henley, editor of Newsday

Nancy Barnes, editor of the Houston Chronicle

Lee Glendinning, editor of the Guardian US

Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor in chief of Chalkbeat

Melissa Bell, publisher of Vox Media

Lara Setrakian, CEO of News Deeply

Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor of the Miami Herald

Pamela Colloff, executive editor of Texas Monthly

Betsy Reed, editor in chief of the Intercept

Dao Nguyen, publisher of BuzzFeed

Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time magazine

Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of Politico

Megan Murphy, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek

Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS

Joanne Lipman, editor in chief of the USA Today Network

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