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Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher

• By Craig Timberg, Chico Harlan and Peter Whoriskey

Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Politico's first chief executive, Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official now charged with continuing to build the reach of Post journalism through digital initiatives, company officials said Tuesday.

The hiring of Ryan, 59, ends eight decades of Graham family leadership of The Post and underscores the newspaper's move into a new era marked by expanded ambitions online and a determination to build a larger national and international audience.

Ryan, who also was president and chief operating officer of Allbritton Communications and its stable of eight television stations, told Post journalists in a newsroom meeting Tuesday that they need to embrace the change roiling the industry in pursuit of what he has called "a growth strategy."

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