The Washington Post

The Washington Post
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Nash Holdings
Founder(s)Stilson Hutchins
PublisherFred Ryan[1]
Editor-in-chiefSally Buzbee
Staff writers~1,050 (journalists)[2]
FoundedDecember 6, 1877 (1877-12-06)
CountryUnited States
Circulation356,768 (Daily, 2015)
838,014 (Sunday, 2013)
1,000,000 (Digital, 2018)
OCLC number2269358 Edit this at Wikidata

The Washington Post (also known as the Post[4] and, informally, WaPo) is an American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It is the most-widely circulated newspaper within the Washington metropolitan area[5][6] and has a large international audience. Daily broadsheet editions are printed for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

The newspaper has published 69 Pulitzer Prize winning pieces,[7] the second-most of any publication (after The New York Times).[8] It is considered a newspaper of record in the U.S.[9][10][11] Post journalists have also received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards.[12][13] The paper is well known for its political reporting and is one of the few remaining American newspapers to operate foreign bureaus.

The Post was founded in 1877. In its early years, it went through several owners and struggled both financially and editorially. Financier Eugene Meyer purchased it out of bankruptcy in 1933 and revived its health and reputation, work continued by his successors Katharine and Phil Graham (Meyer's daughter and son-in-law), who bought out several rival publications. The Post's 1971 printing of the Pentagon Papers helped spur opposition to the Vietnam War. Subsequently, in the best-known episode in the newspaper's history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press's investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal, which resulted in the 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon. The advent of the internet expanded the Post's national and international reach. In October 2013, the Graham family sold the newspaper to Nash Holdings, a holding company owned by Jeff Bezos, for $250 million.[14][15]

  1. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (September 2, 2014). "Publisher of The Washington Post Will Resign". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Ember, Sydney. "Washington Post expands roles of 3 top editors in first major changes under new executive editor".
  3. ^ Achenbach, Joel (December 10, 2015). "Hello, new Washington Post, home to tiny offices but big new ambitions". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Masnick, Mike (October 17, 2018). "PEN America Sues Donald Trump For 1st Amendment Violations In Attacking The Press". Techdirt. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Michaela Riva Gaaserud (February 11, 2014). Moon Virginia & Maryland: Including Washington DC. Avalon Publishing. pp. 556–. ISBN 978-1-61238-517-4.
  6. ^ "District of Columbia's Top 10 Newspapers by Circulation". Agility PR Solutions. October 16, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "Washington Post". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Watson, Amy. "Media companies with the most Pulitzer awards in the U.S. 2018". Statista. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Corey Frost; Karen Weingarten; Doug Babington; Don LePan; Maureen Okun (May 30, 2017). The Broadview Guide to Writing: A Handbook for Students (6th ed.). Broadview Press. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-1-55481-313-1. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Greg Barton; Paul Weller; Ihsan Yilmaz (December 18, 2014). The Muslim World and Politics in Transition: Creative Contributions of the Gülen Movement. A&C Black. pp. 28–. ISBN 978-1-4411-5873-4. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  11. ^ Doctor, Ken. "On The Washington Post and the 'newspaper of record' epithet". POLITICO Media. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  12. ^ "The Washington Post | Roper Center for Public Opinion Research". Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  13. ^ "Jobs at". Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Irwin, Neil; Mui, Ylan Q. (August 5, 2013). "Washington Post Sale: Details of Bezos Deal". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 1, 2013. Notably, Bezos — through a new holding company called Nash Holdings LLC— will be buying only the Post newspaper and closely held related ventures.
  15. ^ "The Real Reason Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post". Fast Company. August 6, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2018.

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