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Archives: June 2008

Jackie Calmes Leaves The WSJ For NYT

calmes.jpgBig, big news: FishbowlDC has learned that Wall Street Journal Chief Political Reporter Jackie Calmes is leaving the paper to cover national economic policy for the New York Times.

To say that this is a blow to the Wall Street Journal would be an understatement. Calmes won the the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Reporting on the Presidency in 2005 and has been a crucial ingredient on the paper’s political coverage. Further, she’s been a regular and steady presence at the bureau, having joined the WSJ in Washington in 1990. And finally, to lose Calmes during a heated presidential campaign proves additionally heart-breaking for the paper.

In the past few months, the paper’s DC bureau has lost its bureau chief Jerry Seib (who does still pen a column and contribute to the political coverage), John Harwood (whom Calmes replaced when he left the Journal for the NYTimes), top economic reporter Greg Ip (who recently joined the Economist and was rumored to speak directly to Fed chairmen) and dean of congressional coverage David Rogers (left for Politico). All told? That’s about a century of institutional knowledge that’s been lost. Seib is the only person left in the bureau who was also there in 2000.

All is not lost in the bureau, however. Sue Davis continues to produce impressive scoops as does perennial award winner Brody Mullins. Likely, political reporters Davis and Chris Cooper and Laura Meckler will all move up the Journal’s totem pole, but none of them have covered a presidential campaign as fully and completely as those who have now departed the Journal.

As for Calmes, perhaps her move away from politics has to more to due with the fact that she’s just sick of getting hit by cars while on the trail.

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Midgette Replaces Tim Page

From a Washington Post internal announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:

We are delighted to announce that Anne Midgette is the Post’s new classical music critic. She has been filling in on a temporary basis since January.

Anne was a classical music critic for the New York Times from 2001 to early this year. Before that she was a cultural correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and worked as a teacher, translator and editor. She has been a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Opera News and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. She has written for several of the top newspapers in Germany (in German) and has translated books from French and German into English.

In addition to music, she has written about dance, theater, culture and visual arts. She co-authored “The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti’s Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary,” with Herbert Breslin. She is working on an historical novel about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven. Anne is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in classical civilization.

The paper’s classical critic, Tim Page, took the buyout.

Lehrer Says Thank You

A final note from NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer on Thursday’s broadcast:

Before we go tonight, a few personal words, if I may. Mostly, there are just two words: Thank you.

Thank you for the messages of concern and encouragement the last two months. I wanted to respond personally to each, but there were just too many, thousands of them, and still counting. I read every one of them. They mattered very much to me.

There is no mystery about what happened. The aortic valve in my heart went bad and it was replaced, skillfully and perfectly. I will be easing back to work a couple or so days a week at a time, so please don’t think anything’s gone wrong again when I turn up missing.

For the record, one of my doctors said a valve procedure like mine is known to make a person feel and act 10 years younger, so stay tuned.

Reuters’ Revolving Door

A tipster tells us of “big changes in Reuters’ DC bureau.”

    Lori Santos, the Editor in Charge for domestic and political news (she oversaw campaign coverage) left in mid-June. … Her position has been filled through November by Patsy Wilson, a longtime White House and campaign correspondent who most recently oversaw coverage at the Pentagon, State Department and White House. Patsy’s position is filled through November by Pentagon correspondent Kristin Roberts. Chris Baltimore, who covered energy, has been named Houston Bureau Chief. Missy Ryan, who covered commodities, is headed to Baghdad.

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