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The Washington Post names Raju Narisetti, Elizabeth Spayd as Managing Editors

14-January-2009
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The Washington Post names Raju Narisetti, Elizabeth Spayd as Managing Editors

The Washington Post has named Elizabeth Spayd and Raju Narisetti as Managing Editors. Both will report to Executive Editor Marcus W Brauchli. Spayd and Narisetti will share responsibility for The Post’s award-winning journalism – whether in print, online and on mobile devices – and they will lead the integration of The Post’s print and online newsrooms.

Narisetti will oversee departments including Style, The Washington Post Magazine, Weekend, video, design and photography. He will be responsible for washingtonpost.com’s day-to-day operations and guide strategy and innovation in technology and interactivity.

Narisetti, 42, was most recently Founding Editor of Hindustan Times’s business newspaper Mint, which was launched in February 2007. Mint’s New Delhi newsroom was created as a fully integrated, print and online operation, a pioneer among newspapers globally. It may be recalled that it was announced on December 26, 2008 that Narisetti was moving back to the US. Managing Editor R Sukumar succeeded him as Editor of Mint.

Until June 1, 2006, Narisetti was Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe as well as a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal in the US, where he also held overall responsibility for European and Middle East/Africa coverage. Before that, he was Deputy National News Editor of the Journal, where he started as a reporter.

Spayd, who has been Editor of washingtonpost.com since 2007, will oversee the gathering, editing and production of news. Her brief will include political, general, business, foreign and metropolitan news, as well as The Post’s news desk and the print newspaper’s day-to-day production.

Spayd, 50, joined The Washington Post in April 1988 as an Assistant Editor overseeing national business coverage. She became a Metro reporter in 1991, and a few years later moved to Outlook. For nearly a decade, she worked on the national staff as Social Policy Editor, then National Editor and later was named Assistant Managing Editor of the department. She supervised coverage of national elections, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, she became washingtonpost.com’s Editor.

Commenting on the two senior appointments, Executive Editor Brauchli said, “Liz is an enormously talented and respected journalist at The Post, having most recently guided our highly successful online edition and before that a National staff that won four Pulitzer Prizes during her tenure. Raju has vast experience at the forward edge of news design and technology, in addition his tremendous accomplishments as a newsroom leader in the US, Europe and Asia. I can’t think of two better people to lead us through the myriad challenges we face, while protecting our top-notch journalism and staying at the forefront of digital innovation.”

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Changes at Mint: R Sukumar replaces Raju Narisetti as Editor

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