Zzzzz: WaPo Oddly Promotes Pillow to Night Editor

Bring on the snooze button and narcolepsy jokes.

WaPo has promoted a journalist gloriously named Ben Pillow to night editor — and we’re not even messing around. “URGENT BREAKING APTONYM NEWS!” announced humor columnist Gene Weingarten on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. “The Wapo has just promoted, to a position of night editor, ‘Ben Pillow.'”

But it’s Weingarten, who has a penchant for pile of poop jokes, so we had to double and triple check. Sure enough, the internal memo reveals the irony of all ironies — that Pillow really will be the night editor. “We are very happy to announce that Ben Pillow, Deputy Head of Maryland News for The Baltimore Sun, will be joining the Universal News Desk as part of the night homepage team,” the beginning of the memo reads.

Pillow was previously the morning editor, which makes no sense whatsoever.

Wait, are we dreaming? See the rest…

Ben is an experienced digital journalist who has run the Sun’s homepage, assigned stories as morning news editor and led the
newsroom efforts on e-mail alerts. Previously Ben was the Director of Breaking News, responsible for coordinating online coverage of all breaking news. In both jobs, he developed a reputation as a strong manager who leads by example and has been a key player in the Sun’s effort to integrate print and online.

A 1998 graduate of University of South Carolina, Ben started his career at The Greenville (S.C.) News as a sports copy editor and page designer. He was also a business, environmental and sports reporter at The Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette, a senior editor at McClatchy-Tribune Regional News in Washington and a web producer and copy editor at the Sun. He grew up in Beaufort, S.C., and his father is a former newspaperman turned public relations official with the state education system.

In September, Ben will marry his fiancée, Liz, who is a content and web producer for The Baltimore Sun.  Ben’s first day at the Post will be July 18.

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