On the day after it was announced Katharine Graham was retiring as chief executive officer of the Washington Post Co., Mrs. Graham attended an emotional ceremony marking the sixth year of Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson's disappearance into the clutches of radical Islamic hostage-takers. Noting that Mr. Anderson had risked his life to report on the news from Lebanon, Mrs. Graham declared: "Our American name for it is guts. Terry Anderson embodies this description."
Well said, by a journalist who herself has shown plenty of guts in building the Post from a lackluster newspaper into a national powerhouse finally reaping the full potential of its prime location. Our neighbor at the other end of the Baltimore-Washington corridor deserves every success as she continues as chairman of the Post enterprise and works on her memoirs.
It is no secret in the newspaper business that the rise of the Post has meant tougher competition for The Sun. For decades, we were the only paper of note published between the Potomac and the Hudson rivers. But after Mrs. Graham became publisher in 1963, in succession to her father and her husband, the Post started covering the federal government as the local story it was and is for Washington readers, and moving aggressively into foreign reportage.