Fred Hiatt, Washington Post editor, dies at 66

Image copyright M. W. Mutchler Image caption Fred Hiatt was praised by many as a role model for others in journalism

Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post’s editor, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

The newspaper’s publisher and CEO, Fred Ryan, said in a statement: “We have lost a cherished member of our family and a great friend.”

Mr Hiatt was praised by many for his commitment to journalistic ideals.

Before joining the Post, he was a staff writer for several years at The New York Times, where he helped to break several major news stories.

He had also led the Post’s editorial page since 2014.

Image copyright Lee Smith Image caption Hiatt previously served as executive editor of The Washington Monthly

Hiatt’s previous roles at The New York Times included executive editor and deputy managing editor. He was also executive editor of The Washington Monthly, a periodical that focused on issues in politics and public policy.

He also wrote for The New Republic, New York magazine and The Atlantic Monthly.

His crime-fighting skills as an investigative reporter were acknowledged by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

He was part of a team that successfully pushed to set new standards for investigative journalism at The New York Times.

As the secretary of language at George Washington University, he helped produce the first university-wide course on journalism ethics.

The US President, Donald Trump, tweeted about Mr Hiatt’s death.

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