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WaPo Newsroom Abuzz Over Glasser Move

Is Susan Glasser no longer the AME/National over at the Washington Post? The entire newsroom is buzzing about it today.

>UPDATE: Harry Jaffe is hearing similar rumors and says an announcement is imminent.

>UPDATE: Completing a hat trick of D.C. media reporters of sorts, ditto Erik Wemple.

>UPDATE: We confirm it. Glasser is no longer AME/National.

>UPDATE: Will this at all affect Glasser’s husband, Peter Baker? (i.e. will he do anything in response?)

>UPDATE: Make no mistake about it…Glasser didn’t want this. It’s very unlikely that Post brass will make her leave (not really their style) but Glasser could depart on her own. Is there a place for her there now? We hear that she’s had some meetings today about her future.

>UPDATE: Suffice to say, this is a large fall from grace for Glasser. She fast became one of the Washington Post’s rising stars and one of management’s darlings. Yet, while the bourgeoisie loved her, the rumors always had the proletariat chafing up against her.

UPDATE: Let’s take a walk down memory lane:

1998: Glasser joins the Post as a deputy national editor and national political reporter.

2001: She heads to Moscow for the paper and reports from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Central Asia.

2005: She returns to Washington and covers such topics as terrorism and Hurricane Katrina.

January 2006: Glasser takes over the Post’s Sunday Outlook section. In the announcement, Glasser says, “Outlook is one of the great pieces of real estate in the Sunday Washington Post, with a real storied tradition of helping shape the Washington conversation. … What I would hope to do is build on that and think of lots of exciting and interesting ways to update it for an Internet era when opinions and controversy have become the currency but reasoned commentary and analysis are sometimes missing from that new digital equation.”

One day after the Outlook announcement, Glasser comes under fire for her remarks on the Internet (that it oftentimes lacks “reasoned commentary and analysis”).

February 2006: Glasser announces that more Slate writers will appear in Outlook’s pages.

November 2006: Glasser’s name rises to the surface as an AME/National candidate.

November 25, 2006: Glasser named AME/National. In the announcement, Len Downie and Phil Bennett call her “one of the most creative editors in the newsroom” and prasied her “transforming journalistic vision.”

December 2006: Posties start grumbling about Glasser’s handling of Charles Babington’s reassignment.

January 2007: Glasser makes changes to the paper’s Federal Page and moves Dana Milbank closer to the front of the paper.

February 2007: Glasser brings Michael Shear to National from Virginia.

July 2007: Harry Jaffe reports that Glasser’s relationships with staffers is improving, but Erik Wemple asks whether she’s pissing other Posties off.

August 2007: Glasser makes GQ’s list of 50 Most Powerful People in D.C>

February 2008: Glasser plays a role bringing Marilyn Thompson back to the Post.

March 2008: One tipster tells FishbowlDC that Glasser could be a candidate for Downie’s positon, should he retire.

April 2008: The City Paper examines Glasser’s tenure…and it ain’t pretty.

April 22, 2008: Glasser is asked to step down from AME/National.

>UPDATE: Lots of talk of Rajiv Chandrasekaran being an interim AME/National, but not sure if he’d take it full time.

>UPDATE: Lots of Posties aren’t surprised by this announcement, but they are surprised by the timing. It was assumed that such a move wouldn’t happen before a new White House took over in 2009.

>UPDATE: New York Times confirms that Rajiv will take over Glasser’s role in the interim

>UPDATE: Michael Calderone hears that Glasser will be allowed to stay on board at the Post.

>UPDATE: A thought…one reason Rajiv won’t take the job full time? He’s too closely associated with Glasser. Look for Marilyn Thompson to take on some additional responsibilities.

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