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Leonard Downie Jr. Joins ASU Cronkite School Staff

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Leonard Downie Jr. Joins ASU Cronkite School Staff

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Former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., who retired earlier this year after leading the newspaper for 17 years, is joining the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Downie, who spent more than 40 years at the paper in total, is the third major former editor to join the ASU staff in recent years. Those others include Tim McGuire, former editor of The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and ex-Sacramento Bee editor Rick Rodriguez.

Downie becomes the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School and will hold the faculty rank of professor of practice. "He will start in August at the school's new downtown Phoenix campus, teaching courses and working with advanced students at the Carnegie-Knight News21 Journalism Initiative, Cronkite News Service, the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and other new school programs," the university said in a release.

"I am honored and excited about the opportunity to join Dean Christopher Callahan and the outstanding journalists and educators he has assembled at the Cronkite School," Downie said in a statement. …

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