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Ousted Mint editor Narisetti joins Washington Post

A Correspondent | January 14, 2009 09:24 IST
Last Updated: January 14, 2009 16:11 IST

Raju Narisetti, who recently quit the Hindustan Times group's business newspaper Mint, has now been named one of the two managing editors of the Washington Post.

Reports said that The Post named two managing editors on Tuesday � Narisetti, who spent considerable time at the Wall Street Journal and Elizabeth Spayd, who has held top posts in the paper's digital and print newsrooms.

Though The Post has for many years preferred its own veterans for top posts, with the two new managing editors reporting to Marcus W. Brauchli, the executive editor who joined paper in September after spending most of his career elsewhere, two of its top three editors will be newly-arrived outsiders.

That both new managing editors have extensive backgrounds in business news is another shift in The Post's traditions.

One report quoted Brauchli as saying: 'Narisetti is quite a visionary in journalistic terms. He understands where the media is going. The combination of these two should prove very strong for The Post in the near term. In the longer term, both of these people are just outstanding journalists.'

Narisetti, who was the founding editor of Mint, will oversee departments including Style, The Washington Post Magazine, Weekend, video, design and photography. He will be responsible for's day-to-day operations and guide strategy and innovation in technology and interactivity.

Narisetti's departure from Mint coincided with the controversy that surrounded an opinion piece written by a serving IAS officer under the pseudonym Athreya. The piece was an open letter addressed to Prime Mininster Manmohan Singh [Images].

The official line of the business daily was that the change was a leadership transition that is aimed at leading the next phase of Mint.

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