WaPo Names Two M.E.s

The Washington Post named Elizabeth Spayd and Raju Narisetti as managing editors of the paper Tuesday, noting both will report to executive editor Marcus W. Brauchli. Spayd is reportedly the paper’s first woman managing editor.

Spayd, 50, is editor of the paper’s Web site, and Narisetti, 42, is a former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor and most recently creator of Mint, a newspaper in India. They both replace Phil Bennett, who is leaving his post to take a special assignment with former publisher Donald Graham.

A release states the pair “will share responsibility for The Post’s award-winning journalism, whether in print, online and on mobile devices, and they will lead the integration of The Post’s print and online newsrooms.”

It add that, “Spayd…will oversee the gathering, editing and production of news. Her brief will include political, general, business, foreign and metropolitan news, as well as The Post’s news desk and the print newspaper’s day-to-day production.

“Narisetti…will oversee departments including Style, The Washington Post Magazine, Weekend, video, design and photography. He will be responsible for washingtonpost.com’s day-to-day operations and guide strategy and innovation in technology and interactivity.”

“Liz is an enormously talented and respected journalist at The Post, having most recently guided our highly successful online edition and before that a National staff that won four Pulitzer Prizes during her tenure,” Brauchli said in a statement. “Raju has vast experience at the forward edge of news design and technology, in addition his tremendous accomplishments as a newsroom leader in the U.S., Europe and Asia. I can’t think of two better people to lead us through the myriad challenges we face, while protecting our top-notch journalism and staying at the forefront of digital innovation.”