Carolyn Washburn has been hired as editor and vice president at The Cincinnati Enquirer, the newspaper announced today. A Greater Cincinnati native, Washburn currently is editor at The Des Moines Register in Iowa.
Washburn, 48, previously worked with Enquirer Publisher Margaret Buchanan while both were at The Idaho Statesman. Buchanan will be Washburn's new boss and made the selection. Washburn begins her new job Jan. 10.
Washburn replaces Tom Callinan, who resigned to teach at the University of Cincinnati. He will become the McMicken Professor of Journalism at UC, which is a newly created position.
Washburn is the first woman to hold the top editorial spot in The Enquirer's 169-year history.
The Enquirer has a daily circulation of 170,185 and Sunday circulation of 259,771. Additionally, the newspaper's Web site gets 40.2 million pages views monthly and has 3.7 million unique visitors per month.