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Several women were named to top business positions at news companies in the past week, adding to a broader trend of women assuming top editorial roles at news companies in the past year.

Why it matters: Business leaders tend to oversee departments that are critical to the mission of news companies, like revenue, marketing, communications and human resources.

Driving the news: Public radio veteran Goli Sheikholeslami was named CEO of Politico on Monday, replacing Patrick Steel, who departed last year.

  • Inc. and Fast Company's parent Mansueto Ventures named Stephanie Mehta as chief executive and chief content officer, replacing Eric Schurenberg.
  • BBC News named TV news veteran Deborah Turness as its new CEO last week.

Between the lines: The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in women being named to top positions at news companies.

  • In publishing, Adweek named Juliette Morris CEO in December. The Associated Press named Daisy Veerasingham CEO and president last summer. Robin Sparkman was named ProPublica President and co-CEO last year. Regina Buckley was named president of The Guardian U.S. last year. Barbara Peng was named president of Insider last year. The New York Times named Meredith Kopit Levien CEO in 2020. Heather Dietrick is CEO of Daily Beast. Anna Palmer is founder and CEO of Punchbowl News. Jessica Lessin is the founder and CEO of The Information. Emily Ramshaw is the co-founder and CEO of The 19th News. Maribel Wadsworth is president and publisher of USA Today. Pam Wasserstein is president of Vox Media. Lauren Williams is the CEO and co-founder of Capital B.
  • In television, Kimberly Godwin was named president of ABC News last April. Wendy McMahon was named co-president of CBS News shortly thereafter. Rashida Jones was named president of MSNBC in late 2020, becoming the first black woman to lead a major cable news company. Fox News named Suzanne Scott CEO in 2018.

The big picture: Several women have been named to top editor positions over the past year, per CNN, including Julie Pace at the AP, Sara Kehaulani Goo at Axios, Danielle Belton at HuffPost, Sally Buzbee at the Washington Post, Mary Margaret at Entertainment Weekly, Swati Sharma at Vox, Tracy Conner at The Daily Beast, Alessandra Galloni at Reuters, Julia Chan at the 19th and Alyson Shontell at Fortune.

Go deeper: Women rise to the top at major media companies

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Lawsuit alleges top colleges illegally collude to limit financial aid

Harkness Tower stands on the Yale University campus. Photo: Craig Warga/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A lawsuit filed Sunday alleges that 16 major U.S. universities and colleges, including a number of Ivy League schools, have violated antitrust laws by working together to determine students' financial aid packages.

Driving the news: According to the lawsuit, the schools "participated in a price-fixing cartel that is designed to reduce or eliminate financial aid...and that in fact has artificially inflated the net price of attendance for students receiving financial aid."

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British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

State of play: Authorities had initially declined to release the name of the 44-year-old suspect or identify the hostages, all adults, though police chief Michael Miller confirmed that one of those held was Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who leads the congregation.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron — WHO recommends 2 new treatments — What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron — Deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas— Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements— Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
  3. Politics: Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health" — Focus group says Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy
  4. Economy: America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic— — CDC COVID guidance for cruise ships to be optional starting Saturday — The cost of testing.
  5. States: West Virginia governor feeling "extremely unwell" after positive test — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers — America struggles to keep schools open
  6. World: Beijing reports first local Omicron case weeks before Winter Olympics — Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols.
  7. Variant tracker