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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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Wilbon Leaving WaPo

Longtime WaPo sports columnist Michael Wilbon is leaving the Post to pursue his second life with ESPN/ABC full time.  Memo announcing Wilbon’s departure below: 

“In many respects this should come as no surprise to anyone here, but it doesn’t mean that making this announcement is any easier. The ESPN/ABC rocket ship that Michael Wilbon has been riding the past several years has finally left our orbit. Wilbon will soon be leaving the Post – a place he has called home for nearly 32 years – as he takes on an even greater role for his networks and their parent company, Disney. 

Mike is many things. Talented. Gracious. Smart. Witty. He’ll tell you that despite his increasing fame and renown, in his mind he still considers this newspaper to be the only place he’s ever worked. So this decision did not come easy for him. In fact, he long hoped that he would not have to make it. 

We’ll have occasions to toast Mike in the weeks ahead. But for now, let us just say that for a kid from Northwestern who began as an intern here in the summer of 1979 and went on to amass 5,982 bylines in Sports (before ArkType stopped counting with the arrival of Methode), 34 bylines on A1, 7 bylines in Metro, 3 in Style, 2 in Business, 2 in the Magazine and 1 in Outlook, it’s been one heck of a ride. We’ll make him earn a few more bylines before the end of the year. ”

Marcus                Liz                Raju                Matt

Wilbon’s career at The Washington Post spans nearly 32 years.  In his position, he has covered ten Summer and Winter Olympic Games, every Super Bowl since 1987, nearly every Final Four since 1982 and each year’s NBA Finals since 1987.

Roland Martin Inspires ESPN “Ascot Day”

roland-martin.jpg Today is “Ascot Day” on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, inspired by the style of journalist and recurring guest, Roland Martin.

Martin began wearing ascots last year and often sports them at formal gatherings in place of a tie. After his unique style caught the attention of ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, Martin sent an ascot for him to wear on the show. An envious Tony Kornheiser asked for one as well.

Wilbon and Kornheiser will give Martin’s look a whirl tonight at 5.30 PM on ESPN.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, John Podesta, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Maria Shriver

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-

ABC’s This Week: White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod and a roundtable with WaPo‘s EJ Dionne, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan and ABC’s Jake Tapper and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Sen. John Thune (D-SD)

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and CNN’s Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and William Bennett

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo and ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, CBN’s David Brody, B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie and AmericaBlog.com’s John Aravosis

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: CNAS’ Thomas Ricks, “Superfusion” author Zachary Karabell, “Keynes: The Return of the Master” author Robert Skidelsky, The Econonist‘s John Micklethwait and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, AP’s Charles Babington, NJ‘s James Kitfield and Politico‘s John Harris

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and a panel with Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein

CNN’s Amanpour: CSIS’ Sarah Mendelson, Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski, Queen Rania of Jordan, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List, 09.03.08

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Get Better Wilbon

ESPN/Washington Postie Michael Wilbon has suffered a heart attack.