Margaret Sullivan

Washington, D.C.

Former columnist

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

Margaret Sullivan is the former media columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she was the New York Times's 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: Loca
Latest from Margaret Sullivan

My final column: 2024 and the dangers ahead

Before signing off, Margaret Sullivan offers advice to her fellow journalists on how to cover a perilous election.

August 21, 2022

Book bans are threatening American democracy. Here’s how to fight back.

It starts with organizing locally, where the greatest threats exist.

August 9, 2022

The cautious calculation behind whether Fox will dump Trump

Rupert Murdoch (and Fox News) just might ditch Trump. Whatever decision is made will be done with one reason in mind — what's best for business.

August 1, 2022

Four reasons the Jan. 6 hearings have conquered the news cycle

There was no guarantee these hearings would break through the way they have. Here’s what set them apart.

July 22, 2022

Newspapers are dying? This digital media veteran launched one anyway.

Susan Clark knew that print newspapers had lost ground to the Internet. But in her Connecticut hometown, “we just desperately needed a paper."

July 21, 2022

Steve Bannon might finally go to jail. We can hope.

If only he’d also pay for another crime: the way he tried to turn the public against the reality-based press and buried truth under an avalanche of lies.

July 13, 2022

Please, pundits, stop trying to predict the future. You’re bad at it.

Their confident but wildly wrong projections on Roe v. Wade’s survival or a Trump concession somehow were met with no repercussions.

July 6, 2022

Every week, two more newspapers close — and ‘news deserts’ grow larger

In poorer, less-wired parts of the U.S., it’s harder to find credible news about your local community. That has dire implications for democracy.

June 29, 2022

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