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Examiner Loses Gossip Columnist, WaPo Mobile Gains a Designer

After about a year and a half at The Washington Examiner Katy Adams is calling it quits. She joined the newspaper in August of 2010 as a writer for its “Yeas and Nays” gossip column. Before that she worked as a producer at Fox 5.

We received the tip that Adams was leaving the Examiner on Tuesday, but a rumor about her departure has been circling for a couple months. She was seen less and less around town at events that she would otherwise typically cover for Yeas and Nays. We heard she might be looking into grad school or a career change altogether.

We emailed Adams for comment on her departure. Here’s what she said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last year and a half as a Yeas & Nays columnist for The Washington Examiner. I’ve compiled a rather diverse resume, hitting multiple angles, levels and viewpoints within the industry. I’m leveraging that work experience and relationships to pursue other opportunities.”

Editor Stephen Smith told FBDC, “Sad to say, Katy is leaving. She has some other things she wants to pursue that made it impossible for her to stay as a Yeas & Nays reporter, which is a full-time job and then some. She’s done a fabulous job for us, so I really regret her departure. The job is easy to fill, but awfully hard to fill well. We’ve got a couple people we’re considering, but please alert us if you know anyone with good Washington sources and a feel for the high life here.”

Meanwhile, Tim Wong is leaving WBJ as its Design Editor for a new position at WaPo. He’ll be joining the digital design team to work on its mobile products.

“The position seemed like a unique opportunity that would give me more exposure to the digital side of the industry,” Wong told FBDC. “This was the right thing to do for my career as a visual journalist. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the job evolves and grows.”

Wong said his last day at WBJ is Jan. 27.

Congratulations to both.

DISCLOSURE: I got got my start in D.C news media as an intern at “Yeas and Nays” under Adams and her co-columnist Nikki Schwab.

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