Margaret Sullivan is the media columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2016, she was The New York Times public editor, and previously, the chief editor of The Buffalo News, the largest news organization in upstate New York.
She began at The News, her hometown paper, as a summer intern. She was a government reporter, metro columnist and city-desk editor. As top editor, she emphasized local enterprise reporting, diversified the 200-member newsroom staff staff, and established the paper' first investigative team.
While New York Times public editor, she successfully pressed for the strengthening of The Times' guidelines on the use of anonymous sources.
A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School, she lives in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and was twice elected as a director of the American Society of News Editors, where she led the First Amendment committee. Sullivan has taught in the graduate schools of journalism at Columbia University and City University of New York. She is the mother of two children, now in their 20s, both working in public defense.