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WaPo Buyout Memos Depict Rosier Times

WaPo‘s internal memos on reporters taking the buyout are starting to trickle in. When you see the number of years these journalists spent there, it’s downright depressing. Also a downer is the fact that “caking” is a verb at WaPo. FishbowlDC has obtained several of these memos. To be sure, the numbers are much larger than the memo count suggests.

Some journalists haven’t left yet. Some didn’t get farewell memos. Their choice? It’s tough to say. But whatever the case, all memos are glowing and some don’t bear a single mention of the buyout. Instead, they highlight the writer leaving the profession and moving on to any number of greener pastures. They mention an “infectious laugh” or a “stellar legacy” and a “quintessential jack of all trades.” More heaps of praise: “tireless energy,” or “amazing attitude” and a “fire in his soul.” The memos depict the departures in a Stepfordesque light, as if this wasn’t bad news.

This afternoon there’s cake for Jon DeNunzio, who has worked at WaPo for 17 years. His memo does mention the buyout, saying, “Please join us near the Engagement Desk and the News Hub at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to say farewell to Jon DeNunzio, interactivity editor. And, alas, buyout taker.”

Other departures with memos include the following: James Grimaldi (12 years, they’ll be “caking” for him later this afternoon and cocktailing with him tonight), Joanna Hernandez (moving on to be Director of Career Services at City University in New York), Nathan Willis (seven plus years, moving on to Motley Fool’s as an editor), Robert Pierre (19 years, has often been the “conscience” of the Post, moving on to be a consultant) David Hilzenrath (25 years, headed to Project on Government Oversight, a.k.a. POGO), and design employees Marty Barrick (27 years) and Tony Knott (12 years).

All memos in full after the jump…

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Veteran WaPo Reporter to POGO

Veteran WaPo reporter David Hilzenrath, an award-winning journalist whose work includes coverage of financial fraud and the fed’s efforts to reform Wall Street and health care, is joining the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) to lead the organization’s investigations into government corruption, waste and abuse.

Hilzenrath started his career at WaPo as an intern in 1987 after graduating from Harvard.  He will be POGO’s editor-in-chief. His work at the Post has highlighted weaknesses in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s policing of Wall Street and shown how former Pentagon officials have used the revolving door for personal gain. He was also part of the team that covered the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Snoozer press release quote: “David’s top-notch investigative skills, passion for holding government accountable and deep knowledge of how this city operates will help take us to the next level,” POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian said. “We’re thrilled he’s coming to POGO.”

Congrats to Hilzenrath!