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Reid Replaces Wilbon at WaPo Sports

Redskins reporter Jason Reid has been named new Sports columnist for WaPo, filling the spot vacated by veteran writer Michael Wilbon who recently signed off to pursue his gig with ABC/ESPN full time.  Reid’s Redskins beat is temporarily available but Sports editor Matt Vita suggests in an internal memo that a strong external contender for the position has been identified.  Memo announcing Reid’s promotion below:

“I am very happy to announce that Jason Reid will become a columnist for Sports. Jason is one of the most hard-working, conscientious and thoughtful sports writers in the country who has covered the NBA (Clippers), MLB (Dodgers) and NFL (Redskins). In his four years at the Post, Jason has become the dominant beat writer on the Redskins with impeccable sources in the locker room, front office, among player agents and around the league. His tireless work leading the Redskins Insider has helped grow the audience for the blog in each of the last three seasons. This past year, Jason demonstrated his considerable skills as an analyst and observer in writing weekly On Football columns that routinely were among the most widely read Redskins stories on the website. I am confident Jason has the experience, work ethic and drive to become a top-flight commentator on sports and their role in society, and will be a welcome addition to Tom Boswell, Sally Jenkins, Mike Wise and Tracee Hamilton as the best lineup of sports columnists in the country.

Jason’s new responsibilities create an opening on the Redskins beat. A strong external candidate has emerged but we are open to hearing from others in the newsroom interested in taking on the mantle of chief Redskins blogger and Redskins news hound on one of the most high-profile and demanding beats at the Post.”

Matt Vita

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Changes in Post’s Sports Coverage

Two recent changes…FishbowlDC has obtained the internal memos:

    We are delighted to announce that Barry Svrluga will be joining our Washington Redskins coverage team, which is expanding with an additional reporter. We have long wanted to increase the staffing on our most critical coverage area and better serve the large audiences we have established on our new platforms. With the beat coverage of Jason Reid and Jason LaCanfora and the columns of Mike Wise we think we already had a great reporting team at Redskins Park. Barry will make it that much better. His tireless work on the Washington Nationals since the team’s arrival, featuring work on every platform imaginable, has created a new model for Post sports journalism.

    Barry will make a gradual move to the Redskins. He’ll first help us make a transition to a new Nationals writer and be part of our 2008 Olympics coverage team.

And a vacancy:

    As Barry Svrluga makes the transition away from the Washington Nationals beat, we are looking for someone ready for the difficult task of replacing him. These will be huge shoes to fill. Barry was not only a strong reporter on the beat but he also was able to make all 162 games come to life, pushing beyond the traditional game story to create a unique 162-game narrative. Not easy when the team does not have a winning record. His replacement will be asked to do the job the same way. We’re looking for an extraordinary writer and reporter to chronicle the Nationals as they move into their new ballpark.


    Marc Carig, who for the past 18 months has been a stalwart on our college reporting staff, is our new Orioles beat writer. Marc, who most recently covered the University of Maryland football and men’s basketball teams, as well as the Washington Mystics, will be responsible for all aspects of the Orioles operation. He has always aspired to cover the sport and we are excited to give him this opportunity. Mark came through our internship program out of the University of Nevada-Reno.

Post Hires LAT’s Reid To Cover Redskins

From an internal announcement obtained by FishbowlDC:

    We are delighted to announce that Jason Reid of the Los Angeles Times will be joining us to help cover the Washington Redskins. Jason covered just about everything for the Times over the last decade, from the Dodgers to the Clippers, making his mark as a relentless, scrappy reporter, exactly what we need on the ultra-competitive Redskins beat.

    The Post had tried for many years to persuade Jason to try the East Coast to no avail. But the opportunity to cover the Redskins, our most important beat, was one he could not pass up.

    Since Howard Bryant’s departure, Jason LaCanfora has done heroic work single-handedly covering the beat and we are most appreciative of those efforts. Jason Reid arrives to help him Aug. 31. (And, yes, one of them will have to change his first name or the whole thing will just be really, really weird).

Said one Postie: “This is a good hire.”