Washington Post Media CEO Katharine Weymouth speaks with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson about the future of The Washington Post and the news industry.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Katharine Weymouth is chief executive officer of Washington Post Media, a unit of The Washington Post Company that includes The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com, and publisher of The Washington Post. She was named to both positions in February 2008. She had been vice president of advertising for The Washington Post since January 2005
Weymouth joined The Post in 1996 as assistant counsel. After two years, she moved to Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), the online publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, as associate counsel. In 2000, Weymouth returned to the newspaper, where she served as the advertising department's liaison between The Post and WPNI. She became director of the advertising department's jobs unit in 2002 and was named director of advertising sales in April 2004.
She earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1992. Following law school, she clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for one year. She practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, from 1993-1996.
Weymouth lives in Washington, DC, with her three young children, Madeleine, Beckett and Bridget.
Washington Post Media CEO Katharine Weymouth in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson on the difficulty of identifying revenue streams for quality news content online and what the near future holds for the industry.
Washington Post Media CEO Katharine Weymouth defends the value of maintaining a printed edition of The Washington Post, but also acknowledges the importance of experimenting with new technologies for distribution.