Media Moves

Washington Post taps Stockwell as executive local editor

January 5, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

Jamie Stockwell

Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee and managing editor Matea Gold sent out the following on Friday:

We are thrilled to announce that Jamie Stockwell, an enterprising and creative editor who is deeply committed to expanding the reach and impact of local journalism, is joining us as the new leader of the Metro department.

Jamie brings boundless ideas about how to chart a successful future for local coverage, as well as an intuitive sense of how to engage new audiences and a strong dedication to accountability reporting in the public interest. She is known as an empathetic, collaborative manager and dynamic newsroom leader, shaped by her work as an editor at several news organizations.

In her role, Jamie will oversee Metro and also lead a cross-department group that will identify ways to deepen our engagement with local readers and expand our reach through curation, presentation and off-platform opportunities. She will have the title of Executive Local Editor, reflecting her responsibility to shape the journey of local readers through The Washington Post.

This is a homecoming for Jamie, who got her start in journalism at The Post in 1999 — first as an intern in Financial and then as a reporter in Metro, where she worked for eight years. During her time here, she covered police and courts in Prince George’s County at a time when the police department was under scrutiny for alleged civil rights violations. She also reported extensively on the 2002 Washington Beltway sniper shootings, along with another sniper that later stalked Charleston, W. Va., and chronicled how the MS-13 gang operated in Northern Virginia.

For the last two years, she has served as the executive editor of Axios Local, leading an expansion of reporters to 30 cities across the country. Before that, Jamie was a deputy national editor at The New York Times, where she oversaw award-winning coverage of the South, Texas and the Southwest, as well as Race/Related, a cross-desk initiative that produced nuanced, provocative stories about race. Jamie previously held several editing roles at the San Antonio Express-News, including as managing editor for more than six years, leading the newsroom’s daily operations for digital, mobile and print audiences.

Please join us in congratulating Jamie and welcoming her back to The Post. Her first day is Jan. 29.

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