The Washington Post has named David Shipley editorial page editor, a role in which he will oversee The Post’s Opinions staff. That includes its editorial board, columnists and contributors, op-ed editors, multimedia storytellers and the digital operations and multiplatform editing teams.
Shipley joins from Bloomberg, where he served as senior executive editor and co-founded its opinion section. Before that, he was deputy editorial page editor and op-ed editor of The New York Times, and earlier, the executive editor of the New Republic.
(Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait wrote to his staff that "one of our most successful columnists, Tim O’Brien, who has also played such a crucial managerial role alongside David since he joined nine years ago, will now become the new editor of Bloomberg Opinion." Micklethwait praised Shipley for turning Bloomberg Opinion into "a hefty powerhouse of independent comment around the world and a champion of the radical center in American politics (a sadly underpopulated part of US journalism").
Shipley also worked in the Clinton White House as a special assistant to the president and senior speechwriter.
Post Opinions will seek to expand its national and international reach. Its Voices Across America vertical, highlights outside-the-Beltway opinions, while Global Opinions features perspectives from high-profile contributors.
"The Post is a guiding force in journalism for all the right reasons, balancing tradition and the highest standards with relentless innovation and invention,” Shipley said. “Post Opinions reflects all that, consistently offering insights to help readers make sense of the world.
Fred Ryan, CEO and publisher of The Washington Post, commented, “David’s leadership will propel The Washington Post forward as we grow our global audience and find new and innovative ways to serve them.”