The Washington Post’s Karly Domb Sadof named inaugural visual enterprise editor


Announcement from Business Editor Lori Montgomery, Economics Editor Damian Paletta and Technology Editor Christina Passariello:

We’re thrilled to announce that Karly Domb Sadof is becoming the Business Desk’s first visual enterprise editor, pioneering a new role aimed at expanding our visual journalism and conceiving of innovative storytelling approaches.

An award-winning photo editor, Karly is known across the newsroom as a powerhouse of ideas and creativity. For nearly six years, she has been a key driver of visually led storytelling on the America Desk, managing photo coverage of both breaking news and enterprise. Last year, she collaborated with video forensics to produce a stunning look at the condo collapse in Surfside, Fla. In 2019, as part of our coverage of the Dayton and El Paso shootings, Karly helped obtain photos of every mass-shooting victim since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre — an enormous undertaking on tight deadlines that anchored a package chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news.

On enterprise, Karly’s projects have included a Webby-nominated look at a family farm on the brink of bankruptcy, a poetic exploration of queerness during the pandemic, and a presentation that used a single photograph to explain flaws in Trump’s border wall. In 2017, she co-led an effort to illustrate the cultural threads that bind the nation; the project featured portraits from all 50 states and broke records for audience engagement. Karly also worked on “2C: Beyond the Limit,” an immersive visual package about climate change that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

In this key leadership role on the Business Desk, Karly will now guide visual-first storytelling around breaking news events and important lines of coverage in collaboration with Audio, Data, Design, Graphics, Photo and Video, as well as reporters and editors across business and tech. Though she reports to the business editor, she will work closely with the senior editor for visual enterprise to develop best practices for multi-disciplinary storytelling and to drive immersive journalism across the newsroom.

Karly joined The Post in 2016 from the Associated Press, where she worked as a photo editor in Bangkok and New York. She also worked for Lens, the New York Times’s photography blog. She has received several awards, including first place for online visual presentation of the pandemic in 2021.

A graduate of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Karly has a master’s degree in visual and media anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin, where her thesis focused on Instagram users in Thailand and Ukraine. She lives in Baltimore with her partner and their 57 house plants, and she is studying graphic design online at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please join us in congratulating Karly on her exciting new role. Her first day is July 5.


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