‘These Blazing Stars … Just Disappeared’: The Missing Generation of Women at the Washington Post

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When the Washington Post on Tuesday named Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its next executive editor—the first woman to have the role—many current and former female Post staffers cheered the move, one they said was long overdue.

But the frustration among that group also runs deep. They say there’s a reason the Post had to look outside the newsroom to find a woman to take the top job: The Post’s executive leadership pipeline has long been so male dominated that, according to interviews with staffers and other press accounts, there were no women internally who were considered leading candidates to be the next executive editor.

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