Leonard Downie Jr. announced June 23 that he is stepping down as executive editor of The Washington Post. Downie, 66, held the position for 17 years and has been with the paper in various roles since 1964. His retirement takes place on September 8. According to the Associated Press (AP), the Post won 25 Pulitzer Prizes under Downie’s leadership, six of those this year.
In other U.S. news, NBC has announced that Tom Brokaw, former anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” will act as interim replacement for Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” through the November elections. According to an AP story, Brokaw will start on June 29.