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Report: Washington Post Editor-in-Chief Resigns Amid Conflict with CEO Over Phone Hacking Article


Sally Buzbee resigns as editor-in-chief of The Washington Post following a clash with CEO Will Lewis over coverage of his British hacking phone scandal.

Sally Buzbee, editor-in-chief of The Washington Post, abruptly resigned Sunday, weeks after her relationship with the company's chief executive, Will Lewis, deteriorated

In mid-May, Buzbee clashed with Lewis over whether to publish a story about Lewis' British hacking scandal.

According to sources, Buzbee informed Lewis that the newsroom planned to cover a judge's upcoming ruling in a long-running British legal case involving Prince Harry and others against Rupert Murdoch's tabloids.

The judge was expected to decide whether Lewis's name could be added to a list of executives accused of concealing hacking evidence. Lewis argued that the case did not merit coverage, but Buzbee insisted on publishing the article.

This interaction unsettled Buzbee, who sought advice from confidants outside The Post. The Post published the article when the judge ruled on May 21 that Lewis could be added to the case.

Although Lewis did not prevent its publication, the incident weighed heavily on Buzbee as she contemplated her future at the paper.

Why did Buzbee resign?

Buzbee's resignation was not solely due to the hacking case coverage. She was already considering her future because of a reorganization plan proposed by Lewis in April. Lewis had offered Buzbee a position overseeing a new division focused on social media and service journalism, which she perceived as a demotion from her role as executive editor, where she oversaw the entire news report.

Appointed by Jeff Bezos, The Post's owner, Lewis was tasked with remaking the publication late last year amid declining audience numbers and huge financial losses.

Former CEO of Dow Jones, Lewis has been navigating a strategy to overhaul the . He decided to split the ranks into three divisions: a core newsroom covering , business, and other topics; an opinion section; and a new division for social media and service journalism, including wellness and lifestyle coverage. Previously, The Post had been divided into news and opinion sections.

Lewis told Buzbee she could help recruit the editor for the core news operation. He later chose Robert Winnett, an editor at The Daily Telegraph and a former colleague of Lewis.

The conversation about the phone hacking coverage occurred during an executive meeting outside The Post newsroom, where executives discussed Lewis's planned changes. Top editors sometimes alert executives about sensitive stories before publication. For example, in 2013, Martin Baron, Buzbee's predecessor, informed the publisher about stories on the Security Agency, and in 1971, Ben Bradlee alerted the former owner about the Pentagon Papers.

Will Lewis trying to revamp the Post

At a tense staff meeting on Monday, Lewis defended his business strategy, highlighting The Post's $77 million loss the previous year and a 50% audience decline since 2020. “Let's not sugarcoat it. It needs turning around, right?” he said.

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