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Matea Gold Now Believes in a Different Newspaper

The Twitter profile for LA Times DC bureau reporter Matea Gold resolutely states: “I still believe in newspapers.” But perhaps not those being coveted by Rupert Murdoch and a pair of Koch brothers.

In what could be interpreted as hedging her bets, maintaining control of her professional fortunes or a little bit of both, Gold is staying in DC but moving up in terms of the daily Beltway newspaper she writes for, as money and politics reporter for the Washington Post.

Warm wishes are flowing across Twitter to Gold, proof of how well-liked a journalist she is. That’s how we first caught up to the news. Kevin Roderick has the Post announcement memo. He also spoke to Gold, who seems to confirm ever so slightly that the transitional aspect of Tribune Co. had something to do with this.

Is Gold’s departure the beginning of a wave of high-profile LA Times journalists jumping ship? Time will tell, and in terms of Gold’s, it should be noted for the record that another (Pulitzer Prize-winning) one went in the other direction a year ago, rejoining the LAT. But one thing is certain: the paper Gold is about to leave is a far cry from the one she started at in 1996.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Matea Gold of the LA Times Goes to Washington

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