Forty-four years total at the newspaper, where he arrived as a summer intern in 1964.
Many of the stories he's had a hand in are defining: Watergate. Secret CIA prisons. Walter Reed. The Post has won 25 Pulitzers with Downie in charge — six this year.
But he's not without some regrets. And he's leaving at an uncertain time for newspapers — and for the news.
This hour, On Point: Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr.Guest:
Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post.
This program aired on June 27, 2008.