Kat Downs Mulder

Chief Product Officer and Managing Editor, Digital at The Washington Post, USA

Kat Downs Mulder is Chief Product Officer and managing editor of digital at The Washington Post, bridging newsroom and engineering and driving a strategy aimed at accelerating digital innovation across the company. Downs Mulder oversees teams from news, product and engineering, including journalists focused on visual storytelling, news curation, audience development and emerging news products as well as engineering and product groups responsible for the development of The Post’s website, apps, subscriptions, and internal tools. Downs Mulder was previously managing editor for digital and, prior to that, she was The Post’s first-ever Vice President of Product & Design. Downs Mulder previously led The Post’s award-winning graphics department for almost five years. Under her leadership, the team adopted an intense digital focus that promoted original visual reporting, and presentations tailored to mobile and social platforms. Downs Mulder has worked at The Post since 2008, starting as a designer at washingtonpost.com and later becoming the innovations editor in the graphics department and interactive projects editor before taking on her top leadership roles in graphics. Before joining The Post, she worked at The Baltimore Sun. Her work has been honored by the Peabody Awards, the Society of Newspaper Design, the Online Journalism Awards and the Malofiej International Infographics Awards. She has also taught design and development at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Georgetown University. Downs Mulder graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism in 2006 with a concentration in photojournalism and multimedia.

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