Sarah Sakha ’18 is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Princetonian. She was elected yesterday evening in a meeting of the paper’s staff.
You wouldn’t know it from their Facebook page. Or their newspaper website. The paper has not reported on the election.
Last we heard, the paper was “in the midst” of making the decision.
Sakha, of Scottsdale, AZ, is an Opinion editor at the paper. She succeeds Do-Hyeong Myeong ’17 as the head of the paper. Sakha is currently listed as a Senior Editor for the Princeton Progressive, the left-leaning magazine on campus. She wrote for the magazine most recently in July. Historically, newspaper editors are careful to be neutral on political affairs.
Sakha campaigned initially on opposition to the current direction of the paper’s Editorial Board, former News Editor Jacob Donnelly ’17 said. The Board took heat this year for increasingly conservative positions, most notably for an October editorial that criticized Women’s Center’s programming.
Donnelly, a former News Editor, said he was in and out of the election meeting, which took place from 9 am to 6 pm this past Saturday, as seniors are not able to vote. He said that some members of the paper took issue with Sakha’s stance against the Editorial Board.
He also said that the election “wasn’t conducted properly.” He told me the final vote was 29-28 in favor of Sakha and that Editor-in-Chief Myeong chose to not count a late vote that would have made the election a tie.
He said that one News Editor has quit following the election. He said that a recount wouldn’t be worthwhile.
Donnelly shared an email with me from that editor to the paper’s grad board. The former editor criticized the paper’s low productivity for the past year and said leadership was weak.
“I ask that you take an extra step to hold the EIC accountable for her actions,” she told the grad board in the email.
Donnelly said that no one was seriously advocating a recount in the election. He said that Sarah is respected at the paper.
“One of the things that’s kind of diffusing this situation is that no one has anything against Sarah,” Donnelly said.
Myeong did not respond to a request for comment. Sakha said that she was not allowed to speak to the Press Club, per Daily Princetonian policy.
Update (10:30 p.m. ET): In what may only be a coincidence of timing, the Daily Princetonian tweeted out an announcement of Sakha’s election forty-five minutes after The Ink story was published:
It is anybody’s guess what The Prince means by “75% voter turnout” or why they may have felt the need to include that fact in the tweet.