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WaPo Reporters Meet in Secret

Against a backdrop of buyouts and plummeting circulation and a disappointing Pulitzers outcome, a group of prominent WaPo journos met secretly at the Bethesda mansion of Bradley Graham, a former WaPo reporter, to talk to Steve Hills, president and general manager of the newspaper. Adweek has the story this morning. The meeting transpired on April 17.

Although the 10 or so journalists who attended agreed not to talk about the meeting, Adweek‘s Lucia Moses got someone yapping. Hills is one of three WaPo employees quoted in the story. He downplayed the importance of the meeting. The others: Executive Editor Steamed Marcus Brauchli and WaPo Ombudsman Patrick Pexton, neither of whom attended the apparently not so hush-hush meeting.

As the magazine states, if the goal was to get assurances that there would be no more cuts and to convince Hills that the newsroom needs more to produce the high-quality journalism and investigations it’s known for, they left disappointed. Question swirled around the fate of the investigations unit, a permanent group started by Bob Woodward in 1982 and a crown jewel of the paper.

Brauchli insists he is committed to investigative journalism and will not dismantle the unit. Pexton spoke of newsroom pressure to pick up the pace of reporting.

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Washington’s Most Famous Bookstore Finds New Owners

WaPo is reporting that Politics & Prose will soon have new owners — two WaPo reporters.

Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade co-founded the famed bookstore 27 years ago, but decided to put it up for sale when Cohen discovered she had cancer. Cohen died in October. Since then, Meade and Cohen’s husband David had considered a number of serious bids.

The new owners will be two former (and married) WaPo reporters, Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine. Since they left journalism, Graham has written two books and Muscatine has worked as an aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

One of the competing bidders on the bookstore was a group composed of Franklin Foer formerly of TNR, the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and literary agent Rafe Sagalyn.

Graham told WaPo: “[Politics and Prose] is an integral part of the Washington community, a community that Lissa and I have served for much of our careers already as journalists, authors and, in Lissa’s case, a senior government staff member. It is a very special culture here, a culture we want to see survive.”

The deal, said to be close to $2 million, is expected to close in 45 days.

WaPo Pentagon Correspondent Pens Rumsfeld Book

WaPo Magazine will feature exclusive excerpts from the book “Decline and Fall: The final days of Donald Rumsfeld‘s troubled reign” by Pentagon correspondent Bradley Graham.

He reveals Rumsfeld was ready to leave President Bush’s administration in 2006:

Around September 2006, Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, had discussed the prospect of his stepping down as Secretary of Defense. “We said there’s no way he would stay if either the House or the Senate went Democratic because he would be the issue,” Joyce recounted months later. The criticism “would have been relentless until he was gone.”

Graham interviewed the former Defense Secretary eight times and also conducted interviews with close colleagues and friends. He will host a chat about the book on WaPo’s site here at 12pm Monday and the book hits stands June 22nd.

Full excerpts can be found here.