Newsroom Confidential Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life

By Margaret Sullivan

Sullivan began her career at the Buffalo News, where she rose from summer intern to editor in chief. In Newsroom Confidential she chronicles her years in the trenches battling sexism and throwing elbows in a highly competitive newsroom.


Hardcover Retail: $28.99

10 in stock: Need more? Contact us.



In 2012, Sullivan was appointed the public editor of The New York Times, the first woman to hold that important role. She was in the unique position of acting on behalf of readers to weigh the actions and reporting of the paper’s staff, parsing potential lapses in judgment, unethical practices, and thorny journalistic issues. Sullivan recounts how she navigated the paper’s controversies, from Hillary Clinton’s emails to Elon Musk’s accusations of unfairness to the need for greater diversity in the newsroom. In 2016, having served the longest tenure of any public editor, Sullivan left for the Washington Post, where she had a front-row seat to the rise of Donald Trump in American media and politics.

With her celebrated mixture of charm, sharp-eyed observation, and nuanced criticism, Sullivan takes us behind the scenes of the nation’s most influential news outlets to explore how Americans lost trust in the news and what it will take to regain it.

About the Author

Margaret Sullivan is an award-winning media critic and a groundbreaking journalist. She was the first woman appointed as public editor of the New York Times and went on to the Washington Post as media columnist. She started her career as a summer intern at her hometown Buffalo News and rose to be that paper’s first woman editor-in-chief. She writes a weekly column for the Guardian US, and teaches at Duke University. She tweets @sulliview.

Publication Date: 10/2022

Category: Genre: Biography/Memoir, Non-Fiction sku: 9781250281906

Additional information

Weight 12.6 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.6 × .97 in