Margaret Sullivan

Media Columnist at the Washington Post


Margaret Sullivan is the Washington Post’s media columnist and the author of the upcoming memoir, “Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life,” to be published in October by St. Martin’s Press. A journalist since high school, Sullivan rose from summer intern to chief editor of her hometown daily, The Buffalo News, the first woman in that role. Later, she was New York Times public editor, the paper’s longest serving and first woman reader representative. She has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize board and a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror. Her first book, “Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy,” was named to the NPR and Washington Post best books of 2020 lists. A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University, Sullivan has taught in the graduate schools of City University of New York and Columbia University, and is on the faculty of Duke University’s public policy school. She lives in Manhattan.