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Wash. Post Gets New Managing Editor

March 6, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Steve Coll, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with ``strong management and people skills,″ has been chosen as The Washington Post’s new managing editor, Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. said Friday.

Coll, 39, is currently editor and publisher of The Washington Post Magazine. As the newspaper’s managing editor, he will succeed Robert G. Kaiser, who is resuming writing and reporting responsibilities.

In a letter to the Post staff, Downie said Coll will assume his new duties June 29.

``An accomplished reporter, writer and editor with strong management and people skills, Steve has the vision, intellect and talent to help lead the newspaper into a future of continuing challenge, change and opportunity,″ Downie said.

``He will supply the energy, inspiration, creativity and connectivity that people throughout the news staff told me they wanted from the new managing editor,″ he said..

Coll has worked on the Post’s Style section, served as Wall Street correspondent for the business section, as foreign correspondent in South Asia and as an international investigative reporter based in London.

He shared with David Vise the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for an investigative series on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Coll has written a number of books, including ``The Deal of the Century,″ on the breakup of the Bell telephone system; ``The Taking of Getty Oil,″ about the fight between Exxon and Pennzoil for control of Getty; ``Eagle on the Street,″ with David Vise, about the SEC; and ``On the Grand Trunk Road,″ about reporting and travel in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Nepal.

Coll will relinquish the editorship of the Post magazine at the end of April. Downey said Tom Frail will serve as acting editor until a successor is selected.

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