assistant managing editor/metropolitan news, Washington Post
Armao was born in Troy, New York and earned a bachelor’s degree in history at State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her journalism career as a reporter at The Buffalo Courier-Express, working her way up to assistant managing editor before the paper closed in 1982. She next worked as an editor at the Charlotte Observer, and since 1984 has worked in numerous reporting and top editing roles in local news at the Washington Post, including city editor, Virginia editor, deputy assistant managing editor and a government and politics reporter in Montgomery County. In her most recent position, as assistant managing editor of metropolitan news, she was responsible for more than 200 reporters and editors and the Post’s local coverage of 9-11, the Washington-area sniper shootings and the expansion of the local news section to include more community news as well as an investigative unit. Under her leadership, her staff has won many awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.
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