Ex-Wash Post editor Downie joins Arizona journalism school

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PHOENIX -- Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, has accepted a teaching position at Arizona State University's journalism school, the school announced Monday.

Downie, who retired this summer, will hold the rank of professor of practice when he starts his new job in August, the school said.

Downie worked up the ranks at the Post as an investigative reporter, a metro reporter and editor, London correspondent and national editor. As deputy metro editor, he oversaw the paper's Watergate coverage. He was named the paper's top editor in 1991.

Honors the newspaper won during his tenure include 25 Pulitzer Prizes, six of them this year.

Over the past three years, Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has revamped its curriculum to focus on digital reporting and has encouraged students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit to create their own journalistic outlets.

The school also beefed up its faculty with news industry veterans, including former CNN anchor Aaron Brown, former Minneapolis Star Tribune editor Tim McGuire and former Sacramento Bee editor Rick Rodriguez.

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