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. She 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. While living in Manhattan, Sullivan taught in the graduate sch
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How NPR’s Steve Inskeep cracked the code for interviewing Trump

The veteran host used a "truth sandwich" approach to counter the former president’s election lies.

January 14, 2022

The ridiculous hypocrisy of Sean Hannity hiding behind ‘freedom of the press’

The Fox News host spent years disavowing and attacking the U.S. media. Now his lawyer is trying to hide behind the First Amendment.

January 5, 2022

If American democracy is going to survive, the media must make this crucial shift

Journalists stepped it up in 2021, but now we need a concerted effort.

January 3, 2022

Joan Didion was the essence of effortless cool, amid a life of loss and disillusionment

Joan Didion's writing could be intensely personal or completely detached. But it always resonated deeply.

December 23, 2021

How one health reporter cut through the noise on omicron

Through two years of covid, Dan Diamond had written it all before. But a new way of talking about the new variant connected with a confused and jaded readership.

December 22, 2021

Vulture capitalists are circling my old newspaper. Here’s why we need to fight them off.

A columnist shares her fears — and persistent hopes — about the future of local news.

December 16, 2021

Believe it or not, Fox News once knew shame

But now, Lara Logan compares Anthony Fauci to a Nazi and Tucker Carlson promotes dangerous conspiracy theories with seeming impunity.

December 8, 2021

The Joni Mitchell album that changed my life

“Blue” is the album that put her on the map. But “Court and Spark” is her masterpiece.

December 3, 2021

Why Chris Cuomo’s ‘family first’ defense just doesn’t fly

He wasn’t giving his brother a kidney. The CNN star was using his media power to help his brother keep political power.

December 1, 2021

What happens to society — and our democracy — when community and regional journalism dries up

Americans must understand the existential threat facing local news outlets, writes Margaret Sullivan.

November 30, 2021