Vandana Sinha, who joined the Washington Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter, ultimately ascending to the role of managing editor over the course of a decade, has been named the paper’s editor-in-chief, reports WBJ. (She will be one of more than 40 speakers at Capitol Communicator’s PR Summit DC, July 18, at the National Press Club.)

“Vandana was by far the best candidate for the job. It was a very competitive search and as she’s done over the last many years, she proved herself to be the best person to lead the newspaper over the next chapter of the Washington Business Journal,” said Peter Abrahams, WBJ publisher and market president. “We look forward to her energy and her great ideas and we’re thrilled to have her at the top of the masthead.”

Sinha, 42, takes over for Doug Fruehling, who was recently named editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Business Times, a sister paper of the WBJ. Both papers are owned by American City Business Journals.

“Doug left us with an incredibly strong foundation, and I’m excited to build upon that,” Sinha said. “Both this newsroom and this business community make the challenge worth it. Our mission will be to continue to find the most pressing local business news each day and track what will be a fascinating evolution for the region in the wake of Amazon’s HQ2.”

According to WBJ, “Sinha started at the WBJ as a reporter covering biotech, health and energy before shifting to the editing desk, serving as assistant managing editor and then managing editor as of June 2016. She has won numerous awards for her Back Beat columns, headlines and in-depth editorial packages.

““Vandana’s appointment couldn’t make me happier,” Fruehling said. “She’s an outstanding leader and editor, and there’s no one who knows Washington business better. She’s not only a tough journalist, she’s a compassionate journalist — the best kind.”

“Before arriving at the Washington Business Journal, Sinha served two-plus years as an associate editor at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journal at the American Press Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.”

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