We’re very sorry to report that Christopher Ma, Publisher of Express, and Washington Post Company Senior Vice President, died suddenly Wednesday. Management is reportedly shocked, as Ma was was in excellent health and an exercise fanatic who took good care of himself. He was a well-respected Don Graham confidant.
UPDATE: Read his WaPo obituary here. The newspaper published the story Thursday evening.
Background on Ma from a newspaper bio: “Previously, Ma was senior vice president and executive editor of Washington Post Digital, where he played a major role in the early editorial development of washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com. He joined The Washington Post Company from U.S. News & World Report, where he served in a variety of senior editorial positions, including deputy editor from 1989 to 1996. Prior to U.S. News, Ma was a correspondent in the Washington bureau of Newsweek magazine, covering foreign affairs and economics. A lawyer by training, he is the co-author of two books: Teleshock (1985) and several editions of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything (1996-1998). A resident of Washington, DC, he serves as a director of Adharmonics and the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and is a trustee of the Sidwell Friends School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.”
Ma graduated from Harvard, where he received the Michael Clark Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship. He earned his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.