New York Times Names Elizabeth Spayd Public Editor

The Times' sixth public editor.

The New York Times has named Elizabeth Spayd its new public editor. Spayd comes to the paper from The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), where she served as editor and publisher since 2014.

Prior to her time at CJR, Spayd was the managing editor for The Washington Post.

“Liz is an exceptionally accomplished journalist,” said Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., in a statement. “Her work at CJR along with her long and successful history at The Washington Post have given her a broad range of experiences that will serve us well as she assumes this critical position serving as a reliable and engaged representative of our readers.”

Spayd succeeds Margaret Sullivan, who is joining WaPo as a media columnist.