Earlier today, WaPo‘s Marcus Brauchli made the news of Vernon Loeb‘s hire as Local Editor official. FBDC reported the news Tuesday. Brauchli says Loeb’s enthusiasm is “infectious.” He also says he has run a marathon or two (try 54).
See memo after the jump…
To the Staff:
We are pleased to announce that Vernon Loeb will be returning to The Post as Local Editor.
Vernon joins us from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has been deputy managing editor for news, overseeing the metro, business, health & science and national/foreign desks, as well as the newsroom’s interactions with Philly.com. It’s his second stint at the Inquirer, having previously
covered the statehouse and City Hall and done a tour as a correspondent in Southeast Asia.
The last time he decamped from Philadelphia, in 1994, it was also to The Post, where he covered the second round of Marion Barry as mayor, before moving to the National Staff to cover the CIA and the Pentagon. He left The Post after a decade to run California investigations for the Los Angeles
Times. Vernon is a tremendously talented, high-energy journalist, whose enthusiasm for what we do is infectious. In his new job, he will drive our coverage of the region, ensuring we are serving our readers, both print and digital, the smartest, freshest and most authoritative news and features on the
issues that matter most to them. It’s a good match: this is a highly competitive market, and Vernon is an intensely competitive editor.
He will start on Feb. 1 and report to Liz Spayd.
As part of this transition, Senior Web Editor Jane Elizabeth and the PostLocal.com team will soon join the Local staff, with Jane spearheading Local digital initiatives and reporting to Vernon. Prior to joining the Post as Local Web News Editor a year ago, Jane was a senior editor at The
Virginian-Pilot, supervising teams covering the military, politics and government, as well as medicine, health, environment, transportation, religion and consumer issues. At the Post, she has been instrumental in PostLocal.com’s growing success. This move, which will combine our Local
content creation and web teams into one seamless operation, is aimed at ramping up our Local efforts across all platforms. David Marino-Nachison will continue to be Local Innovations Editor.
Vernon is married to Patricia Ford Loeb, a distinguished public and commercial radio reporter and editor. They have four children – one out of college, one in, and twins who are seniors in high school. Loeb has been known to run a marathon or two (54 actually, ed.) and is an ardent Phillies fan.
Please join us in welcoming Vernon back to the newsroom.
Marcus Liz Raju