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Examiner Gossip Writer Flees Less Than a Year In

The co-writer of Washington Examiner‘s Yeas and Nays gossip column Jenny Rogers is heading over to Washington City Paper as its Assistant Managing Editor. WCP tweeted the news last night.

Rogers’ move comes after just 10 months with the Examiner. Isn’t that a little premature? Before the Examiner she worked for the Titanic TBD.

“We actually originally wanted to hire Jenny for this job more than a year ago, when she was at TBD, but we wound up not being able to fill the position at all due to budget constraints,” WCP Editor Mike Madden told FishbowlDC. “Her work at TBD was great — lively, creative, and smart coverage of whatever they threw her onto. I’ve read her Yeas and Nays stuff since she went to the Examiner and liked it, as well, and I’m very glad we’re able to hire her now.”

As for her current boss, the Examiner‘s Executive Editor Stephen Smith, he’s cordial about Rogers’ short-lived tenure at the paper. “I would have been surprised if Jenny had left to take a job similar to the one she had here,” he said, “but she had a chance to do something entirely different, assigning and editing pieces and writing some cover stories of her own.”

Compared to the vanilla swirl Yeas and Nays serves on a daily basis (ex. this story about a new carousel at the National Zoo), WCP gives Rogers an opportunity to go nuts, particularly when it comes to D.C.’s racist favorite councilman Marion Barry.

Rogers told us… she’s “excited to work at a place that so many people I respect have worked for.” She described her brief stint at Yeas and Nays as “wonderful” and among her achievements, she said she’s “proud” to have introduced “color blocking” to her male editors. She said Yeas and Nays co-writer Nikki Schwab will be left to explain “peplum.”

She confirms that those are “fashion terms.”

Congratulations to Rogers on the new gig.

Correction: An earlier version of this post wrongly stated that Rogers was replacing Mike Madden as assistant managing editor. She isn’t. Madden is editor and Rogers is replacing Alex Baca, who is now the communications coordinator of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association. Rogers will be assisting the current managing editor Jonathan L. Fischer.

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