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Editor passed over for top job reportedly leaving The Guardian

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The editor who led The Guardian’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Edward Snowden is leaving the paper, according to a report published by Politico on Friday. Janine Gibson is the editor Glenn Greenwald approached about the Snowden NSA leaks, a story that she supervised and eventually went on to be a bombshell in 2013. Gibson was seen as a leading candidate to succeed outgoing editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, but that job was given to Katharine Viner back in March. The promotion of Viner marked the first time in the paper’s 194-year history that it would be led by a woman. Gibson, 42, had been with The Guardian since she was hired as a media correspondent in 1998. A spokesperson for the paper reportedly confirmed the news, saying, “It is amicable and we wish her the very best.”

Read the full story at Politico.

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