‘Wash. Post’ CEO: No Regrets On Not Going National

By: Lucia Moses

Donald E. Graham’s Washington Post produces national and international journalism that’s among the world’s best. And, of course, it once helped topple a president.

But Graham says he has no regrets about not going national, ? la The New York Times. Whereas the Times had a reader base outside its core market on which to build a national platform, “I don’t think it would have been successful for The Washington Post,” Graham said last week.

Graham instead focused on growing locally, where some of the best stories are found. Stories about national security are important, but one he remembers the best was last month’s A-1 piece about the doctor who apparently felt a pulse on a body at the morgue.

“I spent a year as an officer in the Washington, D.C., police department before coming to The Washington Post,” Graham said. “To me, this is news.” (The doctor, it turned out, was mistaken.)

Graham patroled the streets of Northeast Washington in 1969 after his military service and before becoming a reporter at his family’s paper; today, he’s chairman of the parent company.

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