Margaret Sullivan

Washington, D.C.

Media columnist

Education: Georgetown University; Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism

Margaret Sullivan is the media columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she was the New York Times public editor, and previously the chief editor of the Buffalo News, her hometown paper, where she started as a summer intern. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Sullivan was a member of the Pulitzer Prize board from 2011 to 2012, and was twice elected as a director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, where she led the First Amendment committee. Sullivan is the author of "Ghosting the News: Local Journ
Latest from Margaret Sullivan

How journalists can spot the signs of autocracy — and help ward it off

The threats to democracy are everywhere now. A new guidebook tries to show reporters the right way to cover them.

June 23, 2022

Chris Stirewalt lost his job at Fox News. But he knows he was right.

The politics editor behind the Arizona 2020 call that enraged Trump brought his journalism bona fides to the House Jan 6. hearing.

June 13, 2022

The Jan. 6 hearing was horrifying. It also gave me hope.

To see the grim facts of the insurrection laid out in network news coverage suggests that a quest for accountability might succeed.

June 10, 2022

Beware partisan ‘pink slime’ sites that pose as local news

The "West Cook News" sham shows why you should ask more questions before sharing a spicy story.

June 5, 2022

Why the press will never have another Watergate moment

Fifty years ago, the nation was gripped by media coverage of Nixon’s crimes — and there was no Fox News to tell it to look away.

May 29, 2022

It’s time for local journalists to reckon with the racism we overlooked

The massacre in Buffalo exposed not just violent racial hatred but the legacy of inequitable policies from years ago.

May 20, 2022

A racist theory may have driven the Buffalo tragedy. The Murdochs thrive on it.

The demented ideology that killed innocent people in Buffalo flows from many sources. One of them is Fox News.

May 17, 2022

Democracy is at stake in the midterms. The media must convey that.

Jan. 6 was our warning. We journalists have find new ways to convey to voters how much is at risk.

May 15, 2022

The media fell for ‘pro-life’ rhetoric — and helped create this mess

A conversation with the journalist son of the doctor who weathered Buffalo’s abortion wars (and delivered my firstborn).

May 5, 2022

Three steps for Elon Musk if he’s serious about free speech at Twitter

But first, a primer for confused billionaire Elon Musk on what the First Amendment actually entails.

May 1, 2022