February 4, 2019: The Ad Highlighted The Importance Of The Press, Paid Tribute To Slain And Missing Journalists

The Washington Post aired its first Super Bowl ad during Super Bowl LIII. The 60-second spot’s goal was to highlight the role that journalists play in the pursuit of truth, and the risks and dangers they face while doing their work, according to The Post. The ad featured images and footage from major news events from World War II through the present. The commercial also spotlighted several slain and missing journalists, including freelance reporter Austin Tice who has been missing in Syria since 2012, Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul last October, and Marie Colvin, an American correspondent with the Sunday Times in London who was killed in Syria in 2012.

The ad was narrated by Tom Hanks, who played the paper’s former executive editor Ben Bradlee in the movie “The Post” which recounted the publication’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers.

The Washington Post