Marilyn Thompson, who joined Reuters Washington bureau as news editor in January, has been promoted to bureau chief. Here’s Reuters Americas editor Jim Gaines’ memo:
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 12:35 PM
Subject: A Message from Jim Gaines
At this critical moment in the U.S. capital and in our election coverage, I am pleased to announce that former Washington Post editor and veteran political journalist Marilyn Thompson is being named Washington Bureau Chief.
Mary Milliken, who stepped into the job last year after Washington had been without a bureau chief for months, worked effectively to stabilize the bureau: Under her watch Marilyn and several other leading Washington journalists joined our team. Mary has led the bureau through some of the most important stories of the past year, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the serial drama of the euro zone and the U.S.’s own debt-ceiling struggle. She has several exciting opportunities at Reuters to weigh in coming weeks.
Marilyn Thompson joined Reuters Washington bureau as News Editor in January after a distinguished career that included 17 years at the Post, where she rose from reporter to senior editor, with detours as a reporter at The New York Times and as an editor at the Los Angeles Times. In her last job at the Post, Marilyn was Deputy National Editor running political and government coverage. Earlier, as Assistant Managing Editor for Investigations, she was part of teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service. She is also the author or co-author of four books and spent two years as editor of the Lexington, Kentucky, Herald-Leader.
Marilyn’s appointment is effective immediately. She will be posting positions for her deputies and other members of her new team shortly.
Please join me in congratulating Marilyn on her new role and in thanking Mary for her successes in Washington as she contemplates her next challenge at Reuters.