Betsy joins the Guardian US from The Intercept, where she has been editor-in-chief since 2015. Under her editorship The Intercept built a reputation for investigative journalism, winning several awards, including a Polk Award, and for establishing a journalism-driven membership programme, says the Guardian. Prior to joining The Intercept, Betsy was executive editor of The Nation, where she led the magazine’s investigative coverage while also editing and writing political commentary. She has also edited several books.
At Guardian US, Betsy will succeed John Mulholland, editor since April 2017, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down.
Katharine Viner, Guardian News & Media editor-in-chief, said: “Betsy is one of America’s foremost and experienced editors, someone with high integrity, superb news judgement and a real affinity with the Guardian and our purpose. I’m thrilled she will be leading our talented Guardian US team.
“Guardian US has established itself as a key source of original, independent reporting on topics from big tech to voting rights to the climate crisis to a large audience, both in America and around the world. With Betsy joining to lead our US efforts, and with over one million paying supporters around the world, I feel very optimistic about the prospects for Guardian US.
“I’d like to say thank you to John Mulholland, who has been superb as Guardian US editor for the past five years. John has made a tremendous contribution to both the Guardian and the Observer, in a career with us spanning more than thirty years, and he will be leaving Guardian US in terrific shape.”
Betsy Reed said: “I am hugely excited to be joining the Guardian US. It will be an honour and a thrill to lead a team of talented journalists dedicated to revealing what matters about American politics and culture to a global audience – exposing corruption and injustice, interrogating US cultural power, and holding institutions accountable from Washington to Wall Street to Silicon Valley. I can’t imagine a more critical moment to be pursuing this journalistic mission, or a news organization better positioned to execute it.”