Donald E. Graham
Donald E. Graham became chairman of the board of Graham Holding Company (previously The Washington Post Company) in 1993. He was CEO from 1991-2015. He was also publisher of The Washington Post from 1979-2000, and chairman of the paper from 2000-2008.
Mr. Graham is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and is a son of Philip L. and Katharine Meyer Graham. His father was publisher of The Washington Post from 1946-1961, and president of The Washington Post Company from 1947-1963. His mother served in a variety of executive positions from 1963-2001. Eugene Meyer, his grandfather, purchased The Washington Post at a bankruptcy sale in 1933.
After graduating from Harvard College, where he was president of The Harvard Crimson, Mr. Graham was drafted and served as an information specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He was also a patrolman with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department from 1969-1970. Mr. Graham joined The Washington Post in 1971 as a reporter, and subsequently held several news and business positions at the newspaper and at Newsweek. He was named executive vice president and general manager of the newspaper in 1976. He was elected as a director of The Washington Post Company in 1974, and served as president from 1991-1993.
Mr. Graham is a co-founder of TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth get a college education. Previously, he served as chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), a private foundation he co-founded in 1999 that has helped double the number of DC public high school students going on to college and has helped triple the number graduating from college. He remains a member of the DC-CAP board. Since its inception, DC-CAP has assisted over 23,000 DC students enroll in college and has provided scholarships totaling more than $33 million.
Mr. Graham is a trustee of the Federal City Council. Previously, he served as a trustee of the Philip L. Graham Fund, which was established in 1963 in memory of his father. He also served as a director of the College Success Foundation, KIPP-DC, The Summit Fund of Washington, Facebook, and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Mr. Graham served on the Meyer Foundation board from 1971-1973.