Liz Spayd Named Editor of

By: E&P Staff

The Washington Post has named Liz Spayd editor of its Web site,, according to an article in today’s editions of the newspaper. Spayd had been an assistant managing editor at the paper in charge of national news.

The paper’s top editors Len Downie and Philip Bennett announced the move in a newsroom memo yesterday, reportedly calling Spayd’s promotion “a giant leap towards reaching the longterm goals of Washington Post journalism in print and online.”

The site is one of the flagship sites of The Washington Post Co.’s online publishing subsidiary, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI). Jim Brady, the executive editor of WPNI called the move a “landmark” for the Web operation. In the Post article he is quoted as saying the addition of her to as head of the online news staff was “another sign that our website is a journalistic force that will play a large part in shaping The Post’s future.”

The 47-year-old Spayd has been the top editor at the paper’s national news desk for nearly 8 years, directing the coverage of national elections, the 9/11 terror attacks, and Hurricane Katrina — and winning top journalism prizes for the paper.

Downie and Bennett are quoted as saying Spayd “built a record of Pulitzer Prize-winning enterprise and unmatched political coverage.”

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