The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era

The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos rocked the world of journalism, but it was also a shock to the community where it's published: The hometown newspaper of the nation's capital city is no longer locally owned.

The Graham family, which controlled the paper from 1933 until the announcement Monday of the sale to Bezos, has been known for its engagement in local affairs, pushing for urban renewal and education reform, among other causes. (AP)


Here's a look back at the Graham family during their 80 years at the helm.

Philip L. Graham, publisher and Eugene Meyer, former publisher and father-in-law, with the first The Washington Post via Getty Images Times Herald on March 18, 1954. (Charles Del Vecchio/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Philip L. Graham, publisher and Eugene Meyer, former publisher and father-in-law, with the first The Washington Post via Getty Images Times Herald on March 18, 1954. (Charles Del Vecchio/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Phillip Graham, Washington Post publisher, left, speaks with a Newsweek editor. The Washington Post bought Newsweek in 1961. (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Phillip Graham, Washington Post publisher, left, speaks with a Newsweek editor. The Washington Post bought Newsweek in 1961. (The Washington Post)
Katharine Graham with President Richard Nixon. Katharine Graham took contraol over The Washington Post comapany after her husband Phillip Graham commited suicide in 1963. (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katharine Graham with President Richard Nixon. Katharine Graham took contraol over The Washington Post comapany after her husband Phillip Graham commited suicide in 1963. (The Washington Post)
In this Nov. 28, 1966, file photo, writer Truman Capote,left, and guest of honor Katharine Graham arrive at Capote's Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Graham is president of the Washington Post Company and Newsweek magazine. On Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, the Washington Post announced the paper has been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One of key dates in the history of The Washington Post was when Katherine Graham succeed Phillip Graham as publisher after his suicide in 1963. (AP Photo/David Pickoff, File)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
In this Nov. 28, 1966, file photo, writer Truman Capote,left, and guest of honor Katharine Graham arrive at Capote's Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Graham is president of the Washington Post Company and Newsweek magazine. On Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, the Washington Post announced the paper has been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One of key dates in the history of The Washington Post was when Katherine Graham succeed Phillip Graham as publisher after his suicide in 1963. (AP Photo/David Pickoff, File)
Katharine Graham with Newsweek Editors in 1969. Graham became the publisher of the Washington Post in 1969. (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katharine Graham with Newsweek Editors in 1969. Graham became the publisher of the Washington Post in 1969. (The Washington Post)
Katharine Graham and The Washington Post's chief counsel, William Glendon, leave the District Court after successfully defending The Washington Post before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Pentagon Papers case, a celebrated ruling in journalism and constitutional history. (Photo by The Washington Post/Getty Images)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katharine Graham and The Washington Post's chief counsel, William Glendon, leave the District Court after successfully defending The Washington Post before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Pentagon Papers case, a celebrated ruling in journalism and constitutional history. (Photo by The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham and Execuctive Editor Ben Bradlee leave U.S. District Court in Washington June 21, 1971 , happy with Judge Gerhard A. Gesell's ruling the the paper could publish further articles about a Pentagon report on Vietnam. Later however, the U.S. Court of Appeals extemded for one more day a ban against publishing the secret documents. (AP Photo/stf/bd)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham and Execuctive Editor Ben Bradlee leave U.S. District Court in Washington June 21, 1971 , happy with Judge Gerhard A. Gesell's ruling the the paper could publish further articles about a Pentagon report on Vietnam. Later however, the U.S. Court of Appeals extemded for one more day a ban against publishing the secret documents. (AP Photo/stf/bd)
Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, and Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee look over reports of the 6 to 3 Supreme Court decision which permitted the paper to publish stories based on the secret Pentagon study of the Vietnam War. June 30, 1971 - Washington, DC. (Photo by Charles del Vecchio/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, and Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee look over reports of the 6 to 3 Supreme Court decision which permitted the paper to publish stories based on the secret Pentagon study of the Vietnam War. June 30, 1971 - Washington, DC. (Photo by Charles del Vecchio/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Katharine Graham in front of a montage in the Washington Post's lobby on July 31, 1977. (Photo by Ken Feil/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katharine Graham in front of a montage in the Washington Post's lobby on July 31, 1977. (Photo by Ken Feil/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Former President Jimmy Carter with Katharine Graham, chairman of the board Washington Post, at the Newsweek Gala in New York on Feb. 7, 1983. (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Former President Jimmy Carter with Katharine Graham, chairman of the board Washington Post, at the Newsweek Gala in New York on Feb. 7, 1983. (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez)
French Premier Jacques Chirac chats with Katherine Graham, center, president of the Washington post and Newsweek, and Lee W. Huebner, publisher of the International Herald Tribune during Oct. 4,1987 party at Palais de Chaillot in Paris marking paper's 100th anniversary. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
French Premier Jacques Chirac chats with Katherine Graham, center, president of the Washington post and Newsweek, and Lee W. Huebner, publisher of the International Herald Tribune during Oct. 4,1987 party at Palais de Chaillot in Paris marking paper's 100th anniversary. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Katharine Graham, Chairman of the Washington Post poses with her son publisher Donald Graham, left, and Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the post, in her office in New York City on Wednesday, May 8, 1991. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katharine Graham, Chairman of the Washington Post poses with her son publisher Donald Graham, left, and Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the post, in her office in New York City on Wednesday, May 8, 1991. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
Katherine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post executive committee, hugs Post photographer Carol Guzy (R) April 18 at the Post after it was announced Guzy won the 1995 Pulitzer for Spot News photography for her photographs taken in Haiti. The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were announced in New York. (© Luc Novovitch / Reuters)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Katherine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post executive committee, hugs Post photographer Carol Guzy (R) April 18 at the Post after it was announced Guzy won the 1995 Pulitzer for Spot News photography for her photographs taken in Haiti. The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were announced in New York. (© Luc Novovitch / Reuters)
Washington Post Chief Executive Officer Katharine Graham is interviewed in her Washington office Monday Jan. 27, 1997. Graham has written the book on her life but don't ask her to write her epitaph. "Too hard," says the 79-year-old woman who led the Washington Post Co. through the turbulent years of the Pentagon papers, Watergate and beyond. (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Washington Post Chief Executive Officer Katharine Graham is interviewed in her Washington office Monday Jan. 27, 1997. Graham has written the book on her life but don't ask her to write her epitaph. "Too hard," says the 79-year-old woman who led the Washington Post Co. through the turbulent years of the Pentagon papers, Watergate and beyond. (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson)
Donald Graham of Washington Post speaks at a press conference January 20, 1998 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Vivian Ronay/Liaison/Getty Images)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Donald Graham of Washington Post speaks at a press conference January 20, 1998 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Vivian Ronay/Liaison/Getty Images)
Mrs. Katharine Graham, Chairman of the Executive Committee for The Washington Post, is congratulated by Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. Mrs. Graham won a Pulitzer for biography for her memoir "Personal History." on April 14th, 1998. (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/Washington Post/Getty Images)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Mrs. Katharine Graham, Chairman of the Executive Committee for The Washington Post, is congratulated by Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. Mrs. Graham won a Pulitzer for biography for her memoir "Personal History." on April 14th, 1998. (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/Washington Post/Getty Images)
FILE - In this May 22, 2001, file photo, CNN chairman and CEO Tom Johnson, left, joined at right by retired Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee talk with Katharine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post Company at a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press dinner in New York. On Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, the Washington Post announced the paper has been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One of key dates in the history of The Washington Post was when Graham died at age 84 in 2001. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this May 22, 2001, file photo, CNN chairman and CEO Tom Johnson, left, joined at right by retired Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee talk with Katharine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post Company at a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press dinner in New York. On Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, the Washington Post announced the paper has been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One of key dates in the history of The Washington Post was when Graham died at age 84 in 2001. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this May 22, 2001, file photo, CNN chairman and CEO Tom Johnson, left, joined at right by retired Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee talk with Katharine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post Company at a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press dinner in New York. On Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, the Washington Post announced the paper has been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One of key dates in the history of The Washington Post was when Graham died at age 84 in 2001. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Donald Graham and Elizabeth (Lally) Weymouth during the funeral service for their mother Katharine Graham at Washington's National Cathedra on July 23, 2001. (Photo by Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Donald Graham and Elizabeth (Lally) Weymouth during the funeral service for their mother Katharine Graham at Washington's National Cathedra on July 23, 2001. (Photo by Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)
The Washington Post's Don Graham arrives for the annual Allen and Co.'s media conference Wednesday, July 6, 2005, in Sun Valley, Idaho. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
The Washington Post's Don Graham arrives for the annual Allen and Co.'s media conference Wednesday, July 6, 2005, in Sun Valley, Idaho. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Don Graham, center, speaks with media mogul Michael Bloomberg, left and Newt Gingrich at Newsweek's White House Correspondents Pre-Reception in 2007. (Newsweek/The Washington Post)
The Washington Post: End of the Graham Era
Don Graham, center, speaks with media mogul Michael Bloomberg, left and Newt Gingrich at Newsweek's White House Correspondents Pre-Reception in 2007. (Newsweek/The Washington Post)
FILE - This Feb. 28, 2007 file photo shows pedestrians walking past the main entrance to the Washington Post in Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy The Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)
FILE - This Feb. 28, 2007 file photo shows pedestrians walking past the main entrance to the Washington Post in Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy The Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)
FILE - This Feb. 28, 2007 file photo shows pedestrians walking past the main entrance to the Washington Post in Washington. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy The Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

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