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Markell lands board seat at Graham Holdings

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Former Gov. Jack Markell (D), right, at a Democratic Party fundraiser in 2015.

A cross-country cycling trip isn't the only thing former Gov. Jack Markell (D) has to occupy his time these days – he’s also secured his first private sector gig.


Markell will sit on the board of directors of Graham Holdings Company.


It’s better known as the former Washington Post Company - before it sold the landmark newspaper to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013 for $250 million.


The conglomerate is the parent company of education juggernaut Kaplan, which helps students prepare for dozens of standardized tests.


Kaplan made up nearly two-thirds of Graham Holdings’ $2.5 billion in revenue in 2016.


The company also oversees the online news site Slate, it’s podcasting division Panoply and Foreign Policy magazine.


Attempts to reach Markell for comment were unsuccessful.


Before being elected governor in 2008, Markell worked in several executive roles at companies including Comcast and Nextel.