The Washington Post’s Workforce Demographics

The Washington Post is an organization that values and is committed to building a stronger culture of diversity and equity, where current and future Washington Post employees can thrive in an inclusive and respectful environment.

To further advance our commitment to these fundamental values and ensure transparency, we are releasing our second public demographics report and will continue to do so on an annual basis. The data in this report is current as of June 30, 2021.

This report provides both snapshots and trended data views of the gender and racial composition of our workforce over a five-year period. In addition to organization-wide data, breakouts for News & Editorial and Business are included.


2021 Snapshot

Organization-wide

Gender

All employees

Male 55.7%

Female 43.7%

Did not disclose 0.6%

Leadership

Male 57.6%

Female 42.2%

Did not disclose 0.2%

Race and ethnicity

All employees

White

56.2%

Black or African American

18.8

Asian

12.4

Hispanic or Latino

5.8

Did not disclose

4.1

Multiracial

2.5

Native American

0.2

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

<0.1

Leadership

White

66.5%

Black or African American

15.9

Asian

8.3

Hispanic or Latino

4.4

Did not disclose

2.6

Multiracial

2.0

Native American

0.2

Gender

All employees

Leadership

Male 55.7%

Female 43.7%

Male 57.6%

Female 42.2%

Did not disclose 0.6%

Did not disclose 0.2%

Race and ethnicity

All employees

Leadership

White

White

56.3%

66.5%

Black or African American

Black or African American

18.8

15.9

Asian

Asian

12.4

8.3

Hispanic or Latino

Hispanic or Latino

5.8

4.4

Did not disclose

Did not disclose

4.1

2.6

Multiracial

Multiracial

2.0

2.5

Native American

Native American

0.2

0.2

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

<0.1

News and editorial

Gender

All employees

Male 47.1%

Female 52.4%

Did not disclose 0.5%

Leadership

Male 46.7%

Female 53.3%

Race and ethnicity

All employees

White

67.7%

Black or African American

9.4

Asian

8.8

Did not disclose

6.0

Hispanic or Latino

5.0

Multiracial

2.9

Native American

0.2

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

0.1

Leadership

White

75.7%

Black or African American

9.0

Asian

6.7

Hispanic or Latino

3.8

Multiracial

2.9

Did not disclose

1.9

Gender

All employees

Leadership

Male 47.1%

Female 52.4%

Male 46.7%

Female 53.3%

Did not disclose 0.5%

Race and ethnicity

All employees

Leadership

White

White

67.7%

75.7%

Black or African American

Black or African American

9.4

9.0

Asian

Asian

8.8

6.7

Did not disclose

Hispanic or Latino

6.0

3.8

Hispanic or Latino

Multiracial

2.9

5.0

Multiracial

Did not disclose

2.9

1.9

Native American

0.2

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

0.1

Business

Gender

All employees

Male 61.9%

Female 37.5%

Did not disclose 0.6%

Leadership

Male 64.5%

Female 35.2%

Did not disclose 0.3%

Race and ethnicity

All employees

White

48.0%

Black or African American

25.5

Asian

15.0

Hispanic or Latino

6.4

Did not disclose

2.7

Multiracial

2.2

Native American

0.2

Leadership

White

60.6%

Black or African American

20.3

Asian

9.4

Hispanic or Latino

4.8

Did not disclose

3.0

Multiracial

1.5

Native American

0.3

TOTAL 1,396

Male 864 (61.9)

Female 523 (37.5)

DND 9 (0.6)

 

LEADERSHIP 330

Male 213 (64.5)

Female 116 (35.2)

DND 1 (0.3)

 

Gender

All employees

Leadership

Male 61.9%

Female 37.5%

Male 64.5%

Female 35.2%

Did not disclose 0.6%

Did not disclose 0.3%

Race and ethnicity

Leadership

All employees

White

White

48.0%

60.6%

Black or African American

Black or African American

25.5

20.3

Asian

Asian

15.0

9.4

Hispanic or Latino

Hispanic or Latino

6.4

4.8

Did not disclose

Did not disclose

2.7

3.0

Multiracial

Multiracial

2.2

1.5

Native American

Native American

0.2

0.3


Trended data

Organization-wide

Gender

Female

Did not disclose

Male

All employees

100%

40.1

41.5

42.8

43.2

42.6

43.7

<0.1

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.6

59.9

58.3

56.9

56.5

57.1

55.7

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Leadership

100%

38.1%

40.6

42.5

43.2

42.0

42.2

0.2

0.4

61.9

59.4

57.5

56.8

57.6

57.6

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Race and ethnicity

All employees

100%

57.6%

56.2% White

18.8 Black or

African American

25.0

12.4 Asian

10.6

5.8 Hispanic

or Latino

4.6

0.4

4.1 Did not

disclose

1.1

0.3

2.5 Multiracial

0.3

0.2 Native

American

0

2016

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

<0.1 Native

Hawaiian or other

Pacific Islander

Leadership

100%

68.2%

66.5% White

15.9 Black or

African American

20.0

8.3 Asian

7.8

4.4 Hispanic

or Latino

2.9

0.2

2.6 Did not

disclose

0.5

0.2

0

2.0 Multiracial

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

0.2 Native

American

Gender

Female

Did not disclose

Male

All employees

Leadership

100%

40.1%

41.5

42.8

43.2

42.9

43.7

38.1%

40.6

42.5

43.2

42.0

42.2

<0.1

0.2

0.4

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.6

0.6

59.9

58.3

56.9

56.5

56.6

55.7

61.9

59.4

57.5

56.8

57.6

57.6

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Race and ethnicity

Leadership

All employees

100%

57.6%

56.3% White

68.2%

66.5% White

18.8 Black or

African American

25.0

15.9 Black or

African American

20.0

12.4 Asian

8.3 Asian

10.6

4.4 Hispanic

or Latino

4.6

7.8

5.8 Hispanic or Latino

0.4

2.9

1.1

2.6 Did not disclose

4.1 Did not disclose

0.2

0.3

0.5

2.0 Multiracial

2.5 Multiracial

0.3

0.2

0.2 Native American

0

0.2 Native American

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

2016

<0.1 Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

Year by year

All employees

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

57.6%

58.4

58.5

57.8

57.1

56.3

Black or

African American

25.0

23.8

21.1

20.0

19.1

18.8

10.6

10.3

11.2

11.8

11.9

12.4

Asian

Hispanic

or Latino

4.6

4.3

4.6

5.0

5.5

5.8

Did not

disclose

0.4

1.3

2.5

3.1

3.7

4.1

Multiracial

1.1

1.4

1.6

2.0

2.3

2.5

Native

American

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

<0.1

<0.1

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.1

Leadership

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

68.2%

69.4

70.0

68.9

67.6

66.5

Black or

African American

20.0

19.6

17.7

16.9

16.3

15.9

7.8

7.1

7.8

8.2

7.4

8.3

Asian

Hispanic

or Latino

2.9

2.5

2.8

3.2

4.0

4.4

Did not

disclose

0.2

0.7

0.9

1.6

2.3

2.6

Multiracial

0.5

0.5

0.6

1.0

2.3

2.0

Native

American

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0

Year by year

All employees

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

57.6%

58.4

58.5

57.8

57.1

56.3

Black or

African American

25.0

23.8

21.1

20.0

19.1

18.8

10.6

10.3

11.2

11.8

11.9

12.4

Asian

Hispanic or Latino

4.6

4.3

4.6

5.0

5.5

5.8

Did not disclose

0.4

1.3

2.5

3.1

3.7

4.1

Multiracial

1.1

1.4

1.6

2.0

2.3

2.5

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native American

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.1

<0.1

<0.1

Leadership

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

68.2%

69.4

70.0

68.9

67.6

66.5

Black or

African American

20.0

19.6

17.7

16.9

16.3

15.9

7.8

7.1

7.8

8.2

7.4

8.3

Asian

Hispanic or Latino

2.9

2.5

2.8

3.2

4.0

4.4

Did not disclose

0.2

0.7

0.9

1.6

2.3

2.6

Multiracial

0.5

0.5

0.6

1.0

2.3

2.0

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native American

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0

News and editorial

Gender

Female

Did not disclose

Male

All employees

100%

48.4%

48.7

50.6

51.0

51.2

52.4

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.5

0.6

51.6

51.2

49.2

48.8

48.2

47.1

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Leadership

100%

44.2%

47.1

49.7

50.5

51.0

53.3

0.5

55.8

52.9

50.3

49.5

48.6

46.7

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Race and ethnicity

All employees

100%

74.2%

67.7% White

9.4 Black or

African American

8.8 Asian

10.5

8.9

5.0 Hispanic

or Latino

3.9

0.8

6.0 Did not disclose

1.2

2.9 Multiracial

0.4

0.2 Native American

0.1

0

0.1 Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

Leadership

100%

78.2%

75.7% White

9.0 Black or

African American

10.3

6.7 Asian

3.8 Hispanic

or Latino

7.7

2.6

1.9 Did not disclose

0.0

2.9 Multiracial

1.3

0

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

Gender

Female

Did not disclose

Male

All employees

Leadership

100%

48.4%

48.7

50.6

51.0

51.2

52.4

44.2%

47.1

49.7

50.5

51.0

53.3

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.5

0.5

0.6

51.6

51.2

49.2

48.8

48.2

47.1

55.8

52.9

50.3

49.5

48.6

46.7

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Race and ethnicity

All employees

Leadership

100%

74.2%

67.7% White

78.2%

75.7% White

9.4 Black or

African American

9.0 Black or

African American

10.5

8.8 Asian

8.9

10.3

6.7 Asian

3.9

5.0 Hispanic or Latino

3.8 Hispanic

or Latino

0.8

7.7

1.2

2.6

6.0 Did not disclose

1.9 Did not disclose

0.4

0.0

2.9 Multiracial

0.1

2.9 Multiracial

1.3

0

0.2 Native American

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

2016

0.1 Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

Year by year

All employees

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

74.2%

73.9

72.1

71.0

69.7

67.7

Black or

African American

10.5

9.7

9.2

9.4

9.2

9.4

8.9

8.2

8.4

8.2

8.4

8.8

Asian

Hispanic

or Latino

3.9

3.8

4.0

4.5

4.9

5.0

Did not

disclose

0.8

1.8

3.9

4.4

5.2

6.0

Multiracial

1.2

2.0

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.9

Native

American

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Leadership

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

78.2%

80.6

79.5

79.0

77.9

75.7

Black or

African American

10.3

9.4

9.2

8.5

8.2

9.0

7.7

6.5

7.0

7.0

6.3

6.7

Asian

Hispanic

or Latino

2.6

1.8

2.7

3.0

3.8

3.8

Did not

disclose

0

0.6

0.5

1.0

1.0

1.9

Multiracial

1.3

1.2

1.1

1.5

2.9

2.9

Native

American

0

0

0

0

0

0

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0

Year by year

All employees

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

74.2%

73.9

72.1

71.0

69.7

67.7

Black or

African American

10.5

9.7

9.2

9.4

9.2

9.4

8.9

8.2

8.4

8.2

8.4

8.8

Asian

Hispanic or Latino

3.9

3.8

4.0

4.5

4.9

5.0

Did not disclose

0.8

1.8

3.9

4.4

5.2

6.0

Multiracial

1.2

2.0

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.9

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native American

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Leadership

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

78.2%

80.6

79.5

79.0

77.9

75.7

Black or

African American

10.3

9.4

9.2

8.5

8.2

9.0

7.7

6.5

7.0

7.0

6.3

6.7

Asian

Hispanic or Latino

2.6

1.8

2.7

3.0

3.8

3.8

Did not disclose

0

0.6

0.5

1.0

1.0

1.9

Multiracial

1.3

1.2

1.1

1.5

2.9

2.9

0

0

0

0

0

0

Native American

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0

Business

Gender

Female

Did not disclose

Male

All employees

100%

35.0%

36.8

37.5

37.6

36.8

37.5

0.1

0.2

0.5

0.3

0.4

0.6

64.9

62.9

62.2

62.0

62.7

61.9

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Leadership

100%

34.4%

36.6

37.8

38.4

36.3

35.2

0.3

0.3

65.6

63.4

62.2

61.6

63.4

64.6

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Race and ethnicity

All employees

100%

47.4%

48.0% White

25.5 Black or

African American

33.8

15.0 Asian

11.6

5.1

6.4 Hispanic

or Latino

0.2

1.1

2.7 Did not disclose

0.2

2.2 Multiracial

0.5

0

0.2 Native American

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

0.0 Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

Leadership

100%

62.1%

60.6% White

20.3 Black or

African American

26.1

9.4 Asian

7.9

4.8 Hispanic

or Latino

3.1

0.4

3.0 Did not disclose

0.0

0.4

1.5 Multiracial

0

0.3 Native American

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

Gender

Female

Did not disclose

Male

All employees

Leadership

100%

35.0%

36.8

37.5

37.6

36.8

37.5

34.4%

36.6

37.8

38.4

36.3

35.2

0.1

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.5

0.3

0.4

0.6

64.9

62.9

62.2

62.0

62.7

61.9

65.6

63.4

62.2

61.6

63.4

64.6

0

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Race and ethnicity

All employees

Leadership

100%

47.4%

48.0% White

62.1%

60.6% White

25.5 Black or

African American

33.8

20.3 Black or

African American

26.1

15.0 Asian

11.6

9.4 Asian

5.1

7.9

6.4 Hispanic or Latino

4.8 Hispanic

or Latino

0.2

3.1

1.1

0.4

2.7 Did not disclose

3.0 Did not disclose

0.2

0.0

2.2 Multiracial

0.5

0.4

1.5 Multiracial

0

0.2 Native American

0.3 Native American

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

‘17

‘18

‘19

‘20

‘21

2016

2016

0.0 Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

Year by year

All employees

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

47.4%

48.3

49.2

48.1

47.9

48.0

Black or

African American

33.8

32.9

29.2

27.7

26.4

25.5

Asian

11.6

11.7

13.1

14.4

14.5

15.0

Hispanic

or Latino

5.1

4.7

5.0

5.4

6.0

6.4

Did not

disclose

0.2

0.9

1.6

2.2

2.6

2.7

Multiracial

1.1

1.0

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.2

Native

American

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

0.5

0.3

0.2

0.2

0

0

Leadership

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

62.1%

62.3

63.7

62.3

60.9

60.6

Black or

African American

26.1

26.1

23.4

22.5

21.6

20.3

Asian

7.9

7.5

8.3

8.9

8.1

9.4

Hispanic

or Latino

3.2

3.0

2.9

3.3

4.1

4.8

Did not

disclose

0.4

0.7

1.1

2.0

3.1

3.0

Multiracial

0

0

0.4

0.7

1.9

1.5

Native

American

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.3

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific

Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0

Year by year

All employees

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

47.4%

48.3

49.2

48.1

47.9

48.0

Black or

African American

33.8

32.9

29.2

27.7

26.4

25.5

11.6

11.7

13.1

14.4

14.5

15.0

Asian

Hispanic or Latino

5.1

4.7

5.0

5.4

6.0

6.4

Did not disclose

0.2

0.9

1.6

2.2

2.6

2.7

Multiracial

1.1

1.0

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Native American

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

0.5

0.3

0.2

0.2

0

0

Leadership

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

White

62.1%

62.3

63.7

62.3

60.9

60.6

Black or

African American

26.1

26.1

23.4

22.5

21.6

20.3

7.9

7.5

8.3

8.9

8.1

9.4

Asian

Hispanic or Latino

3.2

3.0

2.9

3.3

4.1

4.8

Did not disclose

0.4

0.7

1.1

2.0

3.1

3.0

Multiracial

0

0

0.4

0.7

1.9

1.5

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.3

Native American

Native Hawaiian

or other Pacific Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0


Notes

  • Percentages may not total up to 100% due to rounding.
  • All data based on self-reported employee identification using E.E.O. race and ethnicity classifications.
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