Elizabeth Spayd has been named public editor for The New York Times. Spayd was most recently editor in chief and publisher of The Columbia Journalism Review and a longtime editor at The Washington Post.
She succeeds Margaret Sullivan, who held the post from 2012 until her departure last month. Sullivan recently started a job as the media columnist for The Washington Post.
Spayd joined The Post in 1988 and spent 25 years at the paper, holding a variety of reporting and editing positions. In 2008, she was named the paper’s managing editor. She took over The Columbia Journalism Review.
Spayd will join The Times this summer, according to the memo.