Fred Ryan and The Washington Post Are Reshaping the Future of the News

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The new motto of The Washington Post may be “Democracy dies in darkness,” but publisher and CEO Frederick Ryan uses another maxim for the Jeff Bezos-owned company: “We always want to be the challenger, never the incumbent.”

Ryan believes that rallying cry will keep the 140-year-old publication striving into the next century and beyond.

Bezos recruited the exec to the broadsheet in 2014 as it was ramping up its digital transformation into a consumer-first publication. “Owning the Post for him is not just a hobby,” Ryan says of Bezos.



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This story first appeared in the Oct. 30, 2017, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.