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Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan (MSJ80) became Public Editor for the New York Times in 2012.  Formerly, she was editor and vice president of The Buffalo News.

She began work as an intern at The Buffalo News in the summer of 1980 and was hired as a reporter that fall. She covered various news beats, wrote a metro column, helped run the city desk, and edited the features section. In 1998, she was named managing editor and in 1999, she became the paper’s first female editor and only the sixth person to edit the paper in its 120-year history.

As editor, Sullivan’s focus has been on local enterprise reporting and on diversifying the newsroom staff to better reflect the paper’s community. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Editor and Columbia Journalism Review.