WASHINGTON -- Debra Leithauser, the Going Out Guide and Weekend editor at The Washington Post, has been named the new editor of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
“Leithauser brings a wealth of experience, high energy and a strong command of digital journalism developed as a reporter, copy editor, designer, magazine editor, design director and managing editor over the past 20 years,” said McClatchy Vice President/News Anders Gyllenhaal. Leithauser succeeds Jane Scholz, who retired in March after running the news operation for 21 years.
Leithauser began her journalism career in high school and became a fixture at her hometown paper, The Orlando Sentinel. She attended the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors with a degree in journalism in 1992, and was a Duke University Media Fellow in 2007.
At the Sentinel, she worked as a reporter, copy editor, ran the paper's weekly teen section and then became the assistant editor and design director for the Sentinel's Sunday magazine. At Knight Ridder/Tribune (now MCT), she held a series of positions, including design editor and managing editor. During her 10 years at The Washington Post, Leithauser worked as an editor, helped lead a redesign of the paper, oversaw the Sunday magazine and recently led the launch of a city guide iPhone app.