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Inside Bezos’s WaPo C.E.O. Bake-Off 

In June, Jeff Bezos appointed Patty Stonesifer as The Washington Post’s interim chief executive, in charge of spearheading the search for Fred Ryan’s permanent replacement.
In June, Jeff Bezos appointed Patty Stonesifer as The Washington Post’s interim chief executive, in charge of spearheading the search for Fred Ryan’s permanent replacement. Photo: Osman Orsal/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
September 27, 2023

Marty Baron and Fred Ryan, the duo who guided Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post through its heady and expansive Trump-tinged “Democracy Dies in Darkness” era of digital transformation, are generally considered the model executive editor and C.E.O. tandem. The two might look like an odd couple—Baron is a less Hollywoodesque simulacrum of Liev Schreiber’s brooding Spotlight portrayal while Ryan has the elan of a Heritage Foundation boulevardier—but their extraordinary collaboration helped the Post discard the deflated ambitions of the latter Graham years. During their time together, the Post revived its journalistic heritage as the House of Woodward, it became the subject of a Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep movie, and once again grew into a journalistic and financial competitor to its more urbane and august competitor, The Times