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Thirty-Three Years Later, Jonathan Yardley Retires From WaPo


After thirty-three years and four months, Jonathan Yardley bid adieu to The Washington Post in an opinion article on Friday.

The literary critic wrote over 3,000 reviews while working for the Post and its Sunday supplement, Book World.

In his farewell piece, Yardley says that he achieved his collegiate dream of working for The Washington Post, “I had wanted to work for The Post from the day I left the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in June 1961, and though it took me two full decades to get here it was — for me, at least — worth every minute of the wait.”

He admits that he never finished James Joyce‘s massive novel, and every English major’s worst nightmare, ”Ulysses,” but promised to give it another go in retirement.

“Ave atque vale. Hail and farewell. It has been a privilege and a joy to write for you, and I will miss you every day,” he signed off.

Ave atque vale to you too, Jonathan. You will be missed.

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Journos In Love At The Post

Harry Jaffe points out the following pairings:

  • “The latest pairing is Pulitzer Prize–winning special-projects reporter Barton Gellman and WMD specialist Dafna Linzer.”

  • “The reigning power couple today is Susan Glasser and Peter Baker. She’s assistant managing editor for national news; he covers the White House–which means she’s his boss.”

  • “Then there’s Marie Arana, editor of Book World, married to Jonathan Yardley, the Post’s top book columnist. Which means she’s his boss.”

Although the Post is okay with Posties dating each other (“‘We don’t have a policy about spouses working together,’ says Tom Wilkinson, the Post’s personnel chief, ‘but in practice we don’t want one spouse supervising the other.’”), Jaffe does make this point:

    The Post does have an antinepotism rule: It won’t hire anyone married to a Post staffer. Not a problem. Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Morse, then based in Atlanta, proposed to Post business reporter Dana Hedgpeth. Then he took a Post reporting job. Then he married Hedgpeth.

>UPDATE: A tipster writes in…

    Jaffe’s wrong re: Susan and Peter — he reports to Bill Hamilton, which gets him out of her chain of command.

Taking Out The Trash, 03.09.07

  • An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” outperformed CBS’ “Face the Nation” with 3.04 million Total Viewers on Sunday, March 4. “This is the ninth time this season ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ in Total Viewers.”

  • Pew Weekly’s News Interest Index is up.

  • From Wake-Up Call:

      Continuing his recent obsession with purity, Chris Matthews said of a guest: “He’s as pure as the driven snow. … I’ve never met someone so pure” (“Hardball”).

  • PostieCon is ready for you.

  • Data-Planet launches. From the release:”Researchers wanting to quickly compare, trend, profile or map data from multiple federal agencies no longer need dozens of sites and several software applications. Data-Planet (, a new service of Conquest Systems Inc., offers current and historical public statistical data from many of the federal statistical producing agencies, as well as data from non-government organizations.”

  • From the NBC release: “Meet the Press with Tim Russert outperforms CBS and ABC by over one million viewers and FOX by over 2.4 million. Also tops CBS, CBS, ABC and FOX in homes and adults 25-54.”

  • Woodruff Says He Won’t Return To Iraq

  • National Book Critics Circle awards announced.

  • unveils interactive report on Darfur crisis.

  • Blogging for dollars raises questions of online ethics

  • From DCRTV: “Former Channel 9/WUSA reporter Ellen Kingsley’s 20-year fight against breast cancer ended today in Texas.”

  • Next week is Sunshine Week!

  • Interface Media Group sold to longtime employee

  • From OpinionJournal:

      Another Man’s Victim?
      Reuters has a cute little human interest story about funny people from Vermont holding “town meetings” where they call for President Bush’s impeachment. What caught our eye was not the darling little Vermonters, though, but something in this paragraph:

      Doug Dunbebin, who walked door-to-door collecting signatures to get the question onto the town meeting ballot, said there are still unanswered questions about September 11, 2001, when hijacked plane attacks killed 2,992 people at New York’s World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

      That number, 2,992, looked unfamiliar to us. We went back and looked at our December item on the Associated Press’s bogus “grim milestone” (U.S. military deaths in Iraq surpassing total 9/11 deaths), and sure enough, the AP’s 9/11 count was different: 2,973 to be exact.

      What’s the difference between 2,992 and 2,973? Nineteen. It seems Reuters is counting the terrorists–or should that be “freedom fighters”?–among the victims of 9/11.

  • Did somebody just call Jonathan Yardley a “worn-out old whore”?

  • Sports reporter George Michael will appear at Nathans’ Q&A Cafe April 4.
  • A tipster makes this good point (regarding this): “The WHCA decides the seating in the briefing room, not the administration.”

  • No joke: The Politico (or as the tipster who pointed this out to us said, “self-promotico”) has its own “Fans of the Politico” Facebook page.

  • Chicago Sun-Times’ Carol Marin takes a swipe at Mark Leibovich.

  • Gallup is looking for a Internet Webcast Producer. “Candidates for this opportunity must have 2 years of experience as a producer or an associate producer. Broad knowledge of Internet production methods is helpful.”

  • The Association of Health Care Journalists announced the winners of the 2006 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Frank Christopher, Matthew Eisen and Marc Shaffer, of PBS and Susan Dentzer, Murrey Jacobson and Elizabeth Callan, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, of PBS are both among the winners.

  • A reader asks, “How hard pressed is the politico for copy that it ran an full page except from Martin Tolchin’s book — which was released in July, 2006?!”

  • Another reader tells us, “I believe the Post reporter you mentioned causing some tension at the Kalb Report was actually WSJ deputy Washington bureau chief David Wessel.”

  • Washington Post’s Frank Ahrens reports, “If there’s any good news about the businesses of newspapering these days, it can be found at the industry’s littlest papers, which are doing well even as their bigger brothers founder.”

  • Noam Cohen reports that C-SPAN announced that it is “changing its copyright policy to ‘allow noncommercial copying, sharing and posting’ on the Internet of its coverage of events sponsored by Congress or any federal agency, a decision that covers about 50 percent of its material.”

  • DCRTV reports, “Superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, on his two-week-old Washington Post Radio show today, was asked about his ratings: ‘I went to a station with no ratings. So if I get seven listeners they’ll carry me around like a god.’”

  • NYT Assistant Managing Editor Glenn Kramon: Sorta jealous of the Post.

  • You too can smell like us.