Scott Vance named managing editor for The Washington Post


The Washington Post has named Scott Vance as managing editor, overseeing the International, Business and Sports departments.

“Our newsroom coverage is elevated by Scott’s keen eye and sharp news judgment,” said Sally Buzbee, executive editor at The Washington Post. “His competitiveness and excellence are paired with an unwavering focus to provide value for our readers across our digital surfaces and onto our front page.”

A 28-year veteran of The Washington Post, he has spent the last decade as a deputy managing editor working across the newsroom to shape both the daily report and longer-term enterprise.

“It's a great honor for me to be part of the leadership team at The Post,” said Vance. “I'm also thrilled I'll be able to work more closely with the fantastic journalists in these three departments. They are a huge part of what makes this newsroom great.”

Prior to his tenure as deputy managing editor, he served as national editor from 2006 to 2007, setting priorities for the department’s daily coverage and working with editors to assign and elevate stories. He was national security editor during the first years of the Iraq war, working with a high-performing reporting team that unearthed scoops on the U.S. military, intelligence agencies and diplomatic world. He edited stories by Dana Priest that revealed the secret prisons run by the CIA and other unknown aspects of U.S. counter-terrorism operations, for which she won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Beat Reporting. He joined the Post in 1995 as an assistant Virginia editor, and later became Virginia editor.

Before The Post, Vance spent 11 years at The Detroit News as an editor and reporter who covered education, city hall and politics. He joined The News from The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covered the politics and economics of college sports.

Vance joins current Managing Editors Krissah Thompson, Justin Bank and Matea Gold. Ann Gerhart, Mike Semel and Craig Timberg have also been named deputy managing editors, joining current Deputy Managing Editors Monica Norton and Mark Smith in running daily news coverage.


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