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Leonard Downie Jr.

Leonard Downie Jr. is an expert in accountability journalism, news reporting and writing.

He is a Weil family professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Professor Downie is also the vice president at large of The Washington Post, where he was executive editor from 1991 to 2008.

As deputy metro editor from 1972 to 1974, Downie helped supervise the Post’s Watergate coverage, and during his 17 years as executive editor, The Washington Post won 25 Pulitzer prizes.

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I hope that they will see, by my taking them inside in great detail, how factual journalism works and how the difficult decisions that need to be made in dealing with factual journalism—including very aggressive factual journalism, investigative reporting that brings about change, decisions about national security and politicians and so on—will help them understand, and believe in, the mission of factual media and the credibility of factual media.

— Leonard Downie Jr., The Daily Beast