Today WaPo formally announces the hire of a new managing editor, John Temple, former editor and publisher of Rocky Mountain News and founding editor and GM of Honolulu Civil Beat. As a managing editor, Temple will oversee WaPo‘s local coverage and act as the newsroom’s senior digital editor. Politico‘s Dylan Byers reported Wednesday that he had been offered the job.
Specifics of his duties…As WaPo‘s managing editor, Temple will run Local, Sports, Weekend, the Going Out Guide, Local Living, Food, Travel, Sunday Arts, Sunday Style, The Washington Post Magazine and Capitol Business. He joins managing editor Liz Spayd, who will continue to oversee the day-to-day plans for the newspaper and manage the National, Foreign, Business, Style, Investigative, Outlook, Health & Science sections and Universal News Desk.
Executive Editor Steamed Marcus Brauchli welcomes him on board with this eye-glazing, bone dry quote: “As a reporter and editor with decades of experience running local newsrooms and as a leader who has successfully launched a number of pioneering digital news projects, John’s background is ideally suited to the role he’s taking on at The Post. As a managing editor for The Post, John will ensure that the coverage we provide to our print and digital audiences is smart, original and acutely attentive to our audience. He’ll help us to build on the rapid growth we’ve enjoyed recently with readers who come to us through our website, on mobile devices, or through new platforms like the incredibly successful Washington Post Social Reader on Facebook.”