Frances Sellers to Edit Health Section

From an internal announcement from Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for Financial Jill Dutt:

    I’m delighted to announce that Frances Stead Sellers will be the new editor of the Health section. Frances has an ambitious agenda for leading this consumer-focused section to deliver smart stories that are both useful and engaging on this vital topic. All our readers face the challenge of maintaining a well-functioning body and mind in our crazed, modern world; Health will help them make informed choices. Frances will draw upon the best talent in all departments of our newsroom, including the small corps of staff dedicated to the weekly section, to keep Health in the forefront of our push to make our coverage more relevant, more surprising and more visually appealing, both in the newspaper and in collaborations with washingtonpost.com.

    Most of us know Frances from her days in the Post’s Outlook section, which she joined in 1997 first as an assistant editor and then as deputy editor. You may not know that Frances is the only member of her immediate family not to pursue a career in medicine, and that she was a guest editor of a book published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Saving Lives: Millions at a Time. Health and medicine are topics that she’s been around her whole life.

    Before joining The Post, Frances was the deputy editor and then acting editor of Civilization, the bi-monthly magazine of the Library of Congress, which she helped launch in 1994 and which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1996. In 2003, she received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to write about migration, dual citizenship and transnationalism, and in 2006 she was awarded a Wolfson College Press Fellowship at Cambridge University to do research into the evolution of newspapers in an age of instant news.

    Please join me in welcoming Frances into this important new role.