Liz Spayd, the Washington Post’s first female managing editor, is leaving at the end of the year. Politico reports that Spayd accepted a buyout and is expected to leave after the presidential election. Spayd has been with WaPo since 1988, serving in a variety of positions. She has been managing editor since 2009.
According to a memo obtained by Poynter, WaPo’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, said there has been no exact date set for Spayd’s departure.
“She [Spayd] is a bulwark of sound judgment upon whom we all have come to depend, whose views are reasoned and thoughtful,” wrote Brauchli. “She is steeped in this great institution’s traditions and has ensured we honor them in our journalism, in whatever form, on whatever platform, at whatever speed we produce it. She epitomizes the best of The Post.”