New Washington Post publisher addresses the newsroom

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Newly named Washington Post publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr. addressed an assembled newsroom Tuesday afternoon, vowing to back his staff and hammering home the importance of innovation, according to tweets from staff in attendance.

Ryan was named publisher and C.E.O. of the Post, replacing Katharine Weymouth, Tuesday morning.

"I don't think there's a better place to be in journalism than The Washington Post," Ryan told his staff, according to Post media reporter Erik Wemple.

Ryan reportedly would not discuss any of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to his appointment.

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While he was hesitant to divulge specific battle plans, Ryan pressed the importance of "winning the morning" by becoming the go-to source for political news and a look at the day ahead.

The approach is reminiscent of the one taken by POLITICO, where Ryan served as founding chief executive. POLITICO and Capital New York are both part of the Capitol News Company.

"The Washington Post is the most dominant news organization in Washington," Ryan said.

The new publisher doubled down on the notion that the Post can succeed in providing both local and national coverage.

In the Post's story about Ryan's hiring, he said: "The strong national growth strategy that the Post has pursued does not preclude winning local coverage. I don’t see these things as mutually exclusive."

Ryan also made a pitch for "objective journalism," and reiterated that the Post  has no ideological leaning.

Ryan was a longtime aide to former President Ronald Reagan, and served as both an assistant to the president and his post-office chief of staff.