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WASHINGTON – Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million.

The longtime publisher, the Washington Post Co., announced the deal Monday. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Amazon is not involved.

Washington Post Chairman and CEO Donald Graham called Bezos a “uniquely good new owner.” He said the decision was made after years of newspaper industry challenges. The company, which owns the Kaplan education business and several TV stations, will change its name, but the new name was not revealed.

Bezos said in a statement that he understands the Post’s “critical role” in Washington and said its values won’t change.