'Washington Post' Retires Print Section Outlook, Ruth Marcus Becomes An Associate Editor

Two changes have occurred within the opinion franchise of The Washington Post.   

In one, the last edition of paper’s Sunday print commentary section, "Outlook," appeared this weekend.  

In another, Ruth Marcus is changing her role from being a deputy editorial page editor to an associate editor. Marcus will expand her weekly column to write more frequently on national issues while continuing to serve on the editorial board.  

The Post recently alerted subscribers by email that “the essays and analysis appearing in Outlook will now be found exclusively in Opinions in the A section and online.” The section debuted on December 19, 1954. 

“Today, The Post has nearly 3 million paying subscribers. Fewer than 275,000 take the Sunday edition,” Robert G. Kaiser and Steve Luxenberg write. 



Kaiser and Luxenberg add, “This article will be read primarily by that dwindling and aging print audience, as well as online readers who might bump into the story while browsing the internet with their phones, tablets or laptops.” 

Marcus, a longtime columnist who also appears frequently on national TV, took up her editorial page duties in 2016.  

Post Opinions flourished under the leadership of Ruth Marcus, expanding its journalism in a multitude of innovative ways while remaining true to The Post’s essential values,” said David Shipley, editorial page editor. 

Shipley adds, “We are fortunate that Ruth will now share more of her incisive commentary to interpret key issues shaping the country, including one of deep importance to our readers—the role of the Supreme Court and how its decisions and their broader effects reverberate across the nation.”


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