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Washington Post Appoints First Black Woman Managing Editor in 143-Year History

Black women have been continuously making historic strides in media. Krissah Thompson — a veteran editor and reporter with nearly 20 years of journalistic experience — has been named managing editor for diversity and inclusion at The Washington Post, making her the first Black woman to hold this position at the publication, theGrio reports. According to The Washington Post , Thompson’s new senior position, as well as a dozen others, come as a result of a major reckoning in media calling for publications to resolve racial disparities within their staff. “A diverse staff makes our reporting better,” Thompson said in an interview with The Washington Post on Monday. “We’re better when we have more perspectives and we can cover communities as deeply and widely as possible.” Diversity in journalism is a hot topic currently as many Black journalists have come forward sharing stories of discrimination, harassment, and toxic work environments in numerous newsrooms over the past few weeks....

Njera Perkins

Jul 31, 2020