Washington Post appoints first female managing editor

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The Washington Post has appointed two new managing editors – one of them the first woman to hold the title in the paper’s history.

Elizabeth Spayd will be responsible for the hard-news sections of the newspaper, with Raju Narisetti, a former deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, overseeing the feature sections, including Style.

Spayd – who joined The Post in 1988 as an assistant business editor – said it feels “pretty cool” to break the gender barrier and that she hopes to increase The Post’s appeal to female readers. Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said: “Clearly, it’s a good thing. We aspire to have as many perspectives in senior jobs as possible.

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