07/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Marcus Brauchli, Washington Post Frontrunner: Deposed WSJ Editor Leading Candidate For Downie's Job

The next editor of the Washington Post will be mandated to accelerate the combination of its print and online divisions, according to people familiar with a search that is expected to end early next week.

Merging the two news operations, which have historically been separate, is a top priority for Katharine Weymouth, who took over as the Post's publisher this year.

She is leading the search for a successor to executive editor Leonard Downie, who will step down in September.

Marcus Brauchli, former executive editor of the Wall Street Journal, has emerged as the leading contender, according to people familiar with the search. The appointment could be announced in days.

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