Krissah Thompson has been named managing editor for diversity and inclusion at The Washington Post. An announcement by Marty Baron, Executive Editor, about Thompson’s new position stated, in part:

Krissah will be in charge of ensuring significant, consistent progress on diversity and inclusiveness in everything we do – our coverage of race, ethnicity and identity as well as improved recruitment, retention and career advancement for journalists of color. She will have the strong backing of the newsroom’s senior leadership in that highest-priority effort. She will require the support of everyone.

Krissah’s vision is to have The Post become the most diverse and inclusive newsroom in the country – a place that is recognized for fostering talent, where all people feel supported and challenged, and where our journalism fully benefits from the perspectives of staffers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. We share her vision along with a determination to make it happen.

Krissah already serves as an informal newsroom adviser on matters of coverage, relying on her deep journalistic experience, firm convictions and unerring moral compass. She is a highly valued contributor to discussions about political coverage, and she has advised on pieces in a variety of sections, from Outlook to the magazine. Krissah will now provide oversight of stories about diverse communities, and she is eager to initiate projects that can break fresh ground.

Krissah is one of our most talented journalists. For almost three years, she has been the politics assignment editor in Style, overseeing many of The Post’s most highly read stories.

Executive Features Editor Liz Seymour notes that her portfolio stretched beyond politics. She edited stories about parenting, pop culture, race, fashion, Washington society and media, among other topics. “Reporters flocked to Krissah to talk out ideas and read story drafts,” Liz says. “Editors collaborated with her to drive coverage, and managers sought her advice on hiring.” Liz adds that “she is beloved by the most experienced writers and the youngest staffers, many of whom consider her a mentor and informal career coach. She is well-respected for both her deep and broad journalism skills and her overwhelming kindness.”

Krissah has a profound understanding of and deep affection for The Post, having started her career here as an intern and subsequently a financial writer after graduating from the University of Texas-Austin (and a year later getting her master’s in journalism at the University of Maryland).

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