Washington Post adapts to evolving DC business culture

The business editor for The Washington Post has insight into how D.C. is being framed and perceived around the world, and he says these are exciting times.

“There’s never been more attention on Washington,” said Beyers. With the drama and intrigue surrounding the current administration, popularity of news about D.C. has skyrocketed. “Our political coverage has never been of higher interest,” Dan Beyers, Capital Business editor for The Washington Post said.

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The business editor for The Washington Post has insight into how D.C. is being framed and perceived around the world, and he says these are exciting times.

“There’s never been more attention on Washington,” said Beyers. With the drama and intrigue surrounding the current administration, popularity of news about D.C. has skyrocketed. “Our political coverage has never been of higher interest,” Dan Beyers, Capital Business editor for The Washington Post said.

This recent attention is, in Beyers’ opinion, the perfect time for the area to show itself off. “This is an opportunity for the region. I think this is the time for the region to sort of set… a best foot forward,” he told What’s Working in Washington.

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“What is the message that we should be communicating to the world about the region? … It seems like to me as if everyone’s coming to read about and learn about Washington. We should also be telling them about all of the strengths and opportunities of Washington,” said Beyers.

Beyers’ current job has “completely changed in the past few years, especially since Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post.”

D.C. has found itself in a wave of changes. “There’s just a liveliness in the city that wasn’t happening before,” said Beyers. With new business openings and extensions to places such as Tysons Corner and along Metro lines, the area is seeing a revitalization.

“The business community here is not what the world thinks it is. It’s not just government contractors and lawyers,” said Beyers.

Local startups are growing from new and innovative ideas, shattering old perceptions of the area. “I’m always amazed when I start to take a deep look into these companies, about just the breadth of things people are doing here,” he said.

“I’m just interested in people knowing all the things I think make this region so unique and different. Also, letting people know that we’re not perfect — we’ve got real problems here, things that really need to be solved, and to shine a light on those things,” said Beyers.

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