After two decades of working for WaPo‘s Style section, longtime editor and writer Richard Leiby is moving over to Local to replace Marc Fisher as editor of the Enterprise Team. There has been a cavalcade of Styler’s who have left since Ned Martel came in as Style Editor in May 2009. Word around town is that Leiby’s move is a big deal.
In an internal memo, news of Leiby was announced with that of Lynda Robinson‘s move from the Social Issues team to a newly created post as Senior Projects Editor. The memo speaks of her “infectious enthusiasm.” Robinson has been at the publication since 2000. Leiby, meanwhile, has been at WaPo since 1991. They say he’s “well-suited” for the change.
Leiby starts his new position on June 1. Robinson assumes her new role next month.
“As much as I’ll miss Style, I had a great 20-year run from the day I arrived after Gene Weingarten convinced me to join in the journalistic insanity at Style and I’ve never forgiven him,” Leiby told FishbowlDC in a phone interview this afternoon. “But I’ve known Vernon Loeb, who hired me for the new gig, for years and he’s the kind of guy who runs marathons before most people have eaten breakfast. Ink and adrenalin flow through his veins. I’ll be working with a terrific team of writers and I know I will be regularly landing stories on the front page and will also be bringing a few of them to Style stories. So it’s a great opportunity to keep doing the work I love.”
WaPo has a penchant for long-winded memos. See what they had to say…