Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. is Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post and affiliated publishing businesses. During his time at The Washington Post, it has been recognized for excellence in journalism with multiple Pulitzer Prizes, and twice named by Fast Company magazine as the “World’s Most Innovative Media Company.”
Until August 2014, Mr. Ryan served as President and CEO of POLITICO, which he co-founded in 2007.
From 1995 to 2014, Mr. Ryan was also President and COO of Allbritton Communications, a top-performing and award-winning group of ABC Network affiliated broadcast and cable stations. NewsChannel 8, its local cable channel serving Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, became the most successful local news channel in America.
Mr. Ryan serves as Chairman of the White House Historical Association and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation. He also serves on the boards of several other nonprofit organizations including the University of Southern California, Ford’s Theatre, and The National Geographic Society.
Mr. Ryan served at a senior level in the White House from 1982 to 1989 and later became Chief of Staff to former President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Ryan was responsible for overseeing all of former president Reagan’s activities, including domestic and international issues, government relations, political affairs, and public relations.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Ryan was an attorney at the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer & Burrill. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication in 1977, and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1980.