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Leonard Downie, Jr.

Leonard "Len" Downie, Jr. (born May 1, 1942), was the executive editor of The Washington Post. He held the position for seventeen years, starting September 1, 1991, after serving as managing editor for seven years. Downie announced his retirement as executive editor on Monday, June 23, 2008 which took effect on September 8, 2008. Downie assumed the title upon the retirement of long serving executive editor Ben Bradlee. During Downie's tenure as executive editor, The Washington Post has won 25 Pulitzer Prizes. Downie currently serves as Vice President At Large. Starting in the Fall of 2009, Downie also is the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University.