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Red Alert Politics Gets New ‘Serious’ Gossip Writer

Last week we reported that Red Alert Politics “Yeas & Nays” writer Nikki Schwab was moving over to U.S. News & World Report to write the “Washington Whispers” column. Replacing her at “Yeas & Nays: is Nicholas Ballasy, who was fired from The Daily Caller back in March. He was their senior video reporter.

At the time, he told FishbowlDC: “I’m flattered that FishbowlDC and the person who gave you this news tip find me more fascinating than the stories I report. While I enjoyed my time at TheDC, we have parted company. As for my future endeavors, stay tuned. Like any good story, there is more to come.”

Foreshadowing! We love that.

Just a fun fact…when Schwab needed a new co-writer when Yeas & Nays was still at the Washington Examiner, Ballasy applied for the job but didn’t end up taking it. As we reported at the time in 2010, Editor Steve Smith tried to hire Ballasy away from Cybercast News Service but the young reporter apparently said he wanted to continue to do more “serious” journalism (to which some at the Examiner rolled their eyes in response). In January of 2013, he was in talks for the job at “Yeas and Nays” once again, but we hear he didn’t want to take orders from Schwab and the position went to Alicia Cohn. Apparently Ballasy is ready to do less “serious” journalism. He also won’t be taking orders from Schwab. We can hardly wait to see what he does with it.

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Lickity Split: Washington Examiner Brings On New Asst. Digital Editor

That was fast.

Last week Kevin Glass abruptly left the Washington Examiner after being there less than four months. All sides claimed it was a peachy ending. Today Editor Steve Smith announces the new hire of Las Vegas Sun‘s Tim Richardson. Richardson will fill Glass’s shoes as Asst. Managing Editor of Digital. This should be a smooth transition considering he was Managing Editor of Digital at The Sun. But maybe they could have at least given him a better title instead of making it sound like he has been demoted? He did allegedly jack up The Sun‘s page views in his 18 months there. He also formerly worked as a multiplatform editor for Wapo/Newsweek Interactive. Washington’s doors seem to be opening easily for Richardson — his wife, Cara, snagged a job as an editor at USA Today.

Welcome to the Fishbowl Richardson!

See Smith’s internal memo after the jump…

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Washington Examiner Can Declare: EXTRA EXTRA Read All About It

The Washington Examiner is pulling an unusual move. For the first time ever, the publication will run a special afternoon edition of the paper updating readers on news about the death of Osama bin Laden to be distributed at 4pm ET today around the city.

The digital copy of the paper is available here.

“Extras are in the finest tradition of American newspapering, our newsroom’s outstanding continuing web coverage notwithstanding,” said Michael Phelps, Publisher.  “Steve Smith and his team outdid themselves today on this important and continuing story.”

The Washington area hasn’t had an afternoon newspaper in 30 years.

Read the paper’s continuing coverage from Charlie Spiering here

Examiner Hires Second Scribe for Yeas & Nays

The Washington Examiner has made a hire on that second Yeas & Nays gossip columnist post that needed to be filled.

It’s Katy Adams, a four-time Emmy winner from FOX 5. The lead columnist will continue to be Nikki Schwab.

Noteworthy backstory: Editor Steve Smith grew frustrated in the process of replacing former columnist Tara Palmeri, who’s now at NYP‘s Page 6. We’re hearing that if this hire hadn’t happened, Smith briefly considered shifting the hiring responsibility to editor Jacque Bland. Smith tried to hire Nick Ballasy, who apparently said he wanted to continue to do more “serious” journalism (to which some at the Examiner rolled their eyes in response). Ballasy works for the news web site Cybercast News Service.

See Smith’s announcement e-mail after the jump. It includes a second hire, Lisa Gartner, who will cover the less flashy beat of “Virginia.” She comes highly qualified and is also award-winning…

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Newsflash to DCRTV! Your Headline is Confused

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It’s more than 24 hours later and DCRTV doesn’t appear to know that it’s not Steve Smith (the Washington Examiner‘s editor) who’s going to Fox News, it’s Chris Stirewalt, the political editor.

Examiner’s Stirewalt to Fox News

In an email to staff this morning, Washington Examiner Editor Steve Smith announced that Chris Stirewalt will be joining Fox News as a political analyst. See memo from Smith below:

It is with a mixture of sadness (for us) and happiness (for him) that I announce that Chris Stirewalt is joining Fox News as a political analyst. His contributions to the Examiner are almost too numerous to list. He expertly directed our White House, Congress and politics coverage. He wrote a fresh, perceptive and witty political column twice a week. He rose at dawn every weekday to comment on the news, often sardonically, in Morning Must Reads, which has become an addiction for thousands of people across the country; he took time out from his desk duties to show the Examiner flag on television, making more than 40 national TV appearances last year alone; he offered snappy headlines and sure-footed news judgments as we put together the paper every day; and, above all, he brought the gift of laughter to the newsroom. Chris arrived 2 1/2 years ago after a distinguished newspaper and television career in West Virginia. He leaves us as one of America’s brightest young political commentators. Please join me in wishing him every success.

Cheers, Steve

Stephen G. Smith
Editor
The Washington Examiner

Preppy Steve Gets Drudge Hit With Golf Outings

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Washington Examiner Editor-in-Chief Steve Smith scored a highly sought after Drudge link with his “In Defense of Golf Outings” piece yesterday.

In keeping with Smith’s love of all things elite and preppy, this brings to mind the last “In Defense of” piece he did — about boarding schools. Read that here.

Full Disclosure: Regarding the photographs of Smith strutting his preppy stuff on the golf course, we’ve doctored a real photograph of Smith’s head and attached it to the bodies of obvious preppies. The background in each picture is a faux golf course.

h/t to MS for assistance.