Ben Pillow can’t hold down a day job. But a night job? He’s a perfect fit. And WaPo has rightfully promoted him to Night Homepage Editor, where he’ll oversee the Universal News Desk’s digital operation. Obviously, at night. It’s apparently a pivotal position at the paper. He used to work at the Baltimore Sun as the morning editor, which is absurd. Pillow first arrived at the Night homepage team in late June.
Congratulations, Pillow. We don’t want to hear about you sleeping on the job!
See the internal memo…
We are pleased to announce that Ben Pillow will be our new Night Homepage
Editor, overseeing the Universal News Desk’s digital operation at night.
This is a critical position because the night team sets up the entire Web
site in preparation for the morning rush hour, and our morning performance
can determine how well the site does that day.
Ben joined the Post this summer from the Baltimore Sun, and his experiences
there make him the ideal person to take on this role. He was the Sun’s
Deputy Head of Maryland News, running the homepage and assigning articles
as morning news editor. Before that, he was director of breaking news. Ben
started at the Sun as a copy editor for sports and metro stories, followed
by a stint as a senior producer. At the Sun, Ben had a reputation as a
strong manager, a good communicator and a sharp journalist – calm, quick,
smart and aggressive.
Before joining the Sun, Ben was a reporter at The Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette,
covering business, environmental and sports news. He also served as an
editor at McClatchy-Tribune Regional News bureau in Washington and a sports
copy editor at The Greenville (S.C.) News.
Ben will report to Homepage Editor Kenisha Malcolm and will work closely
with Night Editor Vince Bzdek and the other night editors. Ben and Vince
will work to more closely integrate our homepage and news editing
operations at night. Ben will take on his new role Dec. 5.
Sandy Eric Kenisha