Leonard "Len" Downie, Jr. (born May 1, 1942), was the executive editor of The Washington Post. He held this position since September 1, 1991, after serving as managing editor for seven years. During Downie's tenure as executive editor, The Washington Post won 25 Pulitzer Prizes. He grew up in and around Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA and MA degrees in journalism and political science from The Ohio State University. he is the author of five books, the latest of which is The Rules of the Game. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Janice. He is the father of four grown children, two stepchildren and grandfather to two grandchildren.