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New York Observer Politics Writer Leaves for WNYC

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Azi Paybarah, politics writer for the New York Observer, has confirmed with FishbowlNY that he is leaving the salmon-colored weekly to join up with WNYC.

This week, Paybarah is apparently doing double duty between the Observer and WNYC.org; here’s his Observer post from today about Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign, and here’s his Tuesday WNYC post on the 2010 New York state democratic convention.

The list of departures from the Observer continues to grow, and the politics desk is looking especially thin. Editor Katharine Jose took off last week to join ex-Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson at their new Web project, Capital. In recent months, quite a few other Observers have left their posts, including: managing editor Joe Pompeo, managing editor of digital content Tyler Thoreson and reporter Gillian Reagan (who recently left The Business Insider to also join Capital).

But the old revolving door goes both ways; The Observer is apparently hiring to fill Paybarah’s spot.

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