Philly Inquirer’s Loeb named Washington Post local editor

Romenesko Memos
Vernon Loeb “is a tremendously talented, high-energy journalist, whose enthusiasm for what we do is infectious,” says a Post memo (posted in full below). “The last time he decamped from Philadelphia, in 1994, it was also to The Post, where he covered the second round of Marion Barry as mayor, before moving to the National Staff to cover the CIA and the Pentagon.” Loeb is currently the Inquirer’s deputy managing editor for news.


From: Marcus Brauchli
Sent: 01/05/2011 12:17 PM EST
To: NEWS
Subject: A New Local Editor

To the Staff:

We are pleased to announce that Vernon Loeb will be returning to The Post
as Local Editor.

Vernon joins us from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has been deputy
managing editor for news, overseeing the metro, business, health & science
and national/foreign desks, as well as the newsroom’s interactions with
Philly.com. It’s his second stint at the Inquirer, having previously
covered the statehouse and City Hall and done a tour as a correspondent in
Southeast Asia.

The last time he decamped from Philadelphia, in 1994, it was also to The
Post, where he covered the second round of Marion Barry as mayor, before
moving to the National Staff to cover the CIA and the Pentagon. He left The
Post after a decade to run California investigations for the Los Angeles
Times.

Vernon is a tremendously talented, high-energy journalist, whose enthusiasm
for what we do is infectious. In his new job, he will drive our coverage of
the region, ensuring we are serving our readers, both print and digital,
the smartest, freshest and most authoritative news and features on the
issues that matter most to them. It’s a good match: this is a highly
competitive market, and Vernon is an intensely competitive editor.

He will start on Feb. 1 and report to Liz Spayd.

As part of this transition, Senior Web Editor Jane Elizabeth and the
PostLocal.com team will soon join the Local staff, with Jane spearheading
Local digital initiatives and reporting to Vernon. Prior to joining the
Post as Local Web News Editor a year ago, Jane was a senior editor at The
Virginian-Pilot, supervising teams covering the military, politics and
government, as well as medicine, health, environment, transportation,
religion and consumer issues. At the Post, she has been instrumental in
PostLocal.com’s growing success. This move, which will combine our Local
content creation and web teams into one seamless operation, is aimed at
ramping up our Local efforts across all platforms. David Marino-Nachison
will continue to be Local Innovations Editor.

Vernon is married to Patricia Ford Loeb, a distinguished public and
commercial radio reporter and editor. They have four children – one out of
college, one in, and twins who are seniors in high school. Loeb has been
known to run a marathon or two (54 actually, ed.) and is an ardent Phillies
fan.

Please join us in welcoming Vernon back to the newsroom.

Marcus
Liz
Raju

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