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
Latest from Margaret Sullivan

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

Joe Kahn can be a great New York Times editor

I know him. Here’s why I think he might be the man for this perilous moment.

April 24, 2022

The media is failing the public on the good news about jobs

The job market is great right now. If people think it’s the opposite, some part of the blame falls on us.

April 10, 2022

The galling cynicism of CBS News hiring Mick Mulvaney

"Access journalism" takes the media to dangerous places when one side of the aisle is turning against democracy.

April 3, 2022

The Kremlin tries to stifle Radio Free Europe — and its audience surges

As the U.S.-funded broadcaster is forced to shut most of its Russian operations, its web traffic indicates that Russian people are eagerly consuming its stories.

March 27, 2022

What you can do to help save Ukraine from a looming news apocalypse

It’s pure hell for the journalists who are there covering the war. But we will all be worse off if they are forced to leave.

March 18, 2022

    What are the challenges for reporters in Ukraine and Russia? Send your questions.

    Margaret Sullivan, The Post’s media columnist, and Robert Mahoney, the director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will answer your questions on Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Send in your questions.

    March 17, 2022