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WaPo’s Leiby Nabs National Enquirer Editor

WaPo‘s Richard Leiby is concluding his journalism class at GWU with a splash tonight as National Enquirer‘s Executive Editor Barry Levine stops in from New York to discuss love children, tabloid journalism and more. The session will end with a Q & A.  Leiby heads to Islamabad in the new year where he will be Bureau Chief. His team will cover Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Leiby wrote his students:


For our last class I’ve recruited my friend Barry Levine, the Enquirer’s executive editor, to come from New York to talk about reporting, checkbook journalism (i.e., paying sources), the John Edwards love child, the Jesse Jackson love child, and all the ethical quandaries imaginable that confront a bare-knuckled tabloid reporter. Don’t miss it.

His New York Times column on the death of Elizabeth Taylor last year provides a good introduction: [See the story here.]

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Quotes of the Day

WaPo‘s Richard Leiby: “Cleaning old desktop files, I found this photo. LBJ swore his dogs liked the ear-lift. Press corps demanded proof, so he showed ‘em. Innocent times. Today someone in the White House would be subpoenaed to produce the beagle’s vet bills.” Leiby is relocating to Islamabad where he’ll be the Bureau Chief.

Simply heartwarming

“How could they not LOVE the ween?” — Traci Nobles, a cheerleading coach with whom ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) sexted, reacting to Weiner telling her that his in-laws wanted him to become Muslim. Excerpts of her new book “I Freinded You” are being published by MailOnline. It gets worse. Particularly disturbing is the part of the excerpt where she talks about sexting Weiner when he changed his avatar to that of his young niece. Nobles writes, “It felt strange to dirty talk with a toddler looking back at me. I was distracted by the photo of his niece; it felt weird, not so sexy.” Readers you have to see this.

FNC’s Bill O’Reilly opens up to Politico

Let your mother know how much she means to you in the form of a haiku. “My mother is 88. She isn’t into haiku. She knows I am looking out for her.” — FNC’s Bill O’Reilly partakes in Patrick Gavin‘s “Answer This” interview. Find out about his happy childhood here.

9-9-9 Branding

“Cosi cashier on my $9.99 lunch: “What d’ya know — 9-9-9!” #branding” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Oopsie! This week The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack appeared on FNC’s Neil Cavuto program. The host, a sub named Eric, got momentarily confused and called him John Cusack (we presume after the actor). He quickly corrected himself.

A belated Happy Birthday to… Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Her birthday was yesterday.

Journo gets ready to sweat

“Currently psyching myself up to do P90X abs. 15mins that leave me sweatier than Hank Williams Jr. in a… well, anywhere.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry. We have to wonder, was he inspired by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)?

BREAKING: WaPo’s Martel Steps Down from Style

The controversial top editor of WaPo‘s Style section Ned Martel is stepping down from his post.

He just announced the news to Style staff. Sources tell us the news was expected by Style watchers who witnessed the storied features and arts section’s precipitous decline under Martel.

Martel was brought into the section in 2009 but things haven’t gone as smoothly with staff as top brass would have liked. He is not leaving the publication.


UPDATE: We’re getting overwhelming reports that Martel was pushed out by Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. When Martel came on board, Brauchli teamed him up to run style with Lynn Medford. There are reports of the pair repeatedly clashing over the years. Brauchli has always denied publicly that Martel is problematic. Privately is another matter. “Ned is absolutely brilliant,” Brauchli told Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe in February of this year. “He has exactly the right idea of what Style should be.” But reporters past and present are telling us that Martel forced Robin Givhan out as well as a number of other Style writers who did not want to work for him because he has a rep for having a  “demeaning” management style. As we reported last week, Richard Leiby jumped ship for another section after working for Style for 20 years. According to an ex-Postie, it’s nearly impossible to get fired after you’re there nine months: “So typically they move you to horrible beats or some such until you quit. I wonder what they’ll do with him.”

What will they do with him? Well, we’re hearing strong reports that Martel is far from fired. In fact, he’s headed for something allegedly big and “exciting” at the Post that will surprise and impress people when announced. The announcement is expected within the next 24 hours.

Martel was first recommended to Publisher Katharine Weymouth by a close friend, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd.

We’ve reached out to Martel for comment. So far, he’s quiet as a mouse.

WaPo’s Style is Fresh Out of An Editor

WaPo has announced in an internal memo to staff that the search is on for an editor for the Arts and Style staff. With the recent shift of Richard Leiby to Local after two decades at Style there is a gaping hole to fill. Management says they have a strong in-house candidate but are willing to talk to other interested candidates both inside and outside the paper to fill this position and others that may arise in the future.

Behind the scenes, we hear that Style is struggling under the leadership of Ned Martel. What’s more, we’re told that one of  Martel’s two deputies is taking another position as Style’s Lynn Medford‘s deputy. Joe Heim is Martel’s remaining deputy. The new editor would work “elbow-to-elbow” with Heim.

See the internal memo…

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WaPo’s Leiby Leaves Style After 20 Years

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…

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Masked Journos of the Opera

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Kelly Torrance, Kevin Chaffee and Stephanie Green.

WaPo‘s Richard Leiby, HuffPo’s Michele Leiby, writer Lucky Roosevelt, Washington Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, Kelly Torrance and HuffPo’s Stephanie Green are just some of the journalist who gut gussied up in black-tie attire and elaborate masks for the Washington National Opera’s Masked Ball gala over the weekend.

The elegant fundraiser was held at the Embassy of Italy following the season-opening performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

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Michele and Richard Leiby.

*Photos by Russell Hirshon.

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Quote(s) of the Day

“Everybody said cardiac arrest, yes?”
WaPo editor Richard Leiby in the Intro to Journalism class he is teaching at George Washington University Thursday night. Students had just turned in obituaries that they had written. Leiby, to make things easier, had informed them of the cause of death for their live subjects, some of whom were a little taken aback by the assignment.

More Leiby advice on the obit assignment: “The lesson here is as a journalist you will do things that people don’t want you to do and you will have to badger them.”


HuffPost Blogger Examines Examiner’s Sean Penn Dust Up

HuffPost blogger Michelle Langevine Leiby (as in wife of WaPo’s Richard Leiby) takes a critical look at the Sean Penn incident last week with Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri. The piece examines the First Amendment, among other journalistic issues.

Like the Politics Daily piece on the subject, HuffPost’s also defends Penn. The headline is: Leave Penn Sean Penn Alone.

Read Leiby’s story here.

Palmeri responded to FishbowlDC on Leiby’s piece:

She makes a valid point about the first amendment. After the incident I was shaken and that was the first thing that popped into my head and I misspoke. Looking at it now, I realize the point that I wanted to make was that it was indeed a fair question and how the flacks handled the situation was alarming. I was merely regurgitating Penn’s appalling words back to him, trying to get him to answer exactly what the fallout was after such a controversial statement.

Read the rest of Palmeri’s response after the jump…

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Leiby to Teach Basic Journalism

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WaPo’s Arts & Style Editor Richard Leiby has signed on as an adjunct professor at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs. He starts teaching a basic journalism class Tuesday and Thursday nights on news writing and reporting.

And he’s not messing around.

In his syllabus, he writes to students, “I’m going to treat you, my students, as if you’re my reporters and I’m your hard-nosed assignment editor. Treat this class as you would a job at a news organization. As your editor, I expect you to show up on time at your desk, ready to work and well briefed on the day’s news.”

Leiby’s class begins just before 8 p.m. “I especially pushed the class start time to a quarter to eight realizing anything can happen, so I should have time to get over there and impart whatever wisdom I have to the young minds,” he said. “I’ll tell you from someone who’s been in the business now over 30 years, bringing back those core basics is like squeezing out a strand of DNA because it’s so much a part of what you do everyday.”

The class, he said, is the basics: writng nut graphs, leads, finding good stories and sources, conducting interviews, and covering meetings.

Leiby said he officially became part of WaPo management Friday. His titles are many but he describes himself as an “Arts Editor” who’s also responsible for putting out the Sunday Arts & Style section.

So what’s his title? “Person with three jobs,” he replied.

What does all this mean for Leiby?

“It means I can bid farewell to writing,” he said. “I have to run meetings.”

Leiby, now Professor Leiby to some, has worked at the newspaper for 19 years.