Sarah Ellison

New York

Reporter covering media and its intersection with politics and technology

Education: University of Virginia, B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in French literature

Sarah Ellison is a staff writer based in New York for The Washington Post. Previously, she wrote for Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, where she started as a news assistant in Paris.
Latest from Sarah Ellison

After months of unease, CNN moved to suspend Cuomo when confronted with documents

On his radio show, the host said he acknowledges the network’s reasons for punishing him for his involvement in his governor-brother’s crisis-management efforts.

December 1, 2021

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo ‘indefinitely’ after documents detail help he gave his brother

The decision follows revelations that he was far more involved in the crisis-management efforts of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, than previously known.

November 30, 2021

Alden hedge fund wants to buy one of the last independent newspaper chains

Called a “vulture” fund by its critics, Alden Global Capital has set its sights on Lee Enterprises, which owns dozens of local new outlets.

November 22, 2021

‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media

In documents, employees fretted Facebook was encouraging "darker, more divisive content" and boosting far-right sites.

October 26, 2021

Bainum unveils plans for new Baltimore Banner news site — and hires Kimi Yoshino, a top L.A. Times editor, to run it

The Maryland hotel magnate tried but failed to buy the Baltimore Sun. Now he’s trying to demonstrate a new business model for local news.

October 26, 2021

Katie Couric recalls her rise to ‘Today’ — and what she really thought of everyone

The longtime anchor’s memoir settles scores and reexamines some regrettable choices.

October 15, 2021

Ozy Media’s audience was mostly a mirage. Even in scandal, founder Carlos Watson is looking for opportunity.

The company’s rapid downfall — and Watson’s unexpected “Today” interview — pulled back the curtain on the open secrets of digital media it attempted to exploit.

October 5, 2021

Trump just sued the New York Times and his niece. If history is a guide, he probably won’t win.

Trump’s lawsuits against the media have drawn publicity but typically run up against laws that make it difficult for public figures to win judgments.

September 22, 2021

Lawyer for Afghan girls’ robotics team tells Oklahoma woman to stop taking credit for rescue

Several media outlets covered Allyson Reneau’s efforts to ‘save’ the girls.

August 26, 2021

Maggie Haberman and the never-ending Trump story

How one New York Times reporter found herself turned into a major character in Donald Trump’s political drama.

August 26, 2021