Jason Reid named Washington Post sports columnist

Romenesko Memos
A Post memo calls Jason Reid “one of the most hard-working, conscientious and thoughtful sports writers in the country.” Reid, who has covered the NBA (Clippers), MLB (Dodgers) and NFL (Redskins), “has become the dominant beat writer on the Redskins with impeccable sources in the locker room, front office, among player agents and around the league.” Michael Wilbon‘s recent departure created the sports columnist opening.

Memo from Washington Post sports editor Matt Vita

Sent: 01/12/2011 03:17 PM EST
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Jason Reid to become Sports Columnist

I am very happy to announce that Jason Reid will become a columnist
for Sports. Jason is one of the most hard-working, conscientious and
thoughtful sports writers in the country who has covered the NBA
(Clippers), MLB (Dodgers) and NFL (Redskins). In his four years at the
Post, Jason has become the dominant beat writer on the Redskins with
impeccable sources in the locker room, front office, among player agents
and around the league. His tireless work leading the Redskins Insider has
helped grow the audience for the blog in each of the last three seasons.
This past year, Jason demonstrated his considerable skills as an analyst
and observer in writing weekly On Football columns that routinely were
among the most widely read Redskins stories on the website. I am confident
Jason has the experience, work ethic and drive to become a top-flight
commentator on sports and their role in society, and will be a welcome
addition to Tom Boswell, Sally Jenkins, Mike Wise and Tracee Hamilton as
the best lineup of sports columnists in the country.

Jason’s new responsibilities create an opening on the Redskins beat.
A strong external candidate has emerged but we are open to hearing from
others in the newsroom interested in taking on the mantle of chief Redskins
blogger and Redskins news hound on one of the most high-profile and
demanding beats at the Post. If interested, please contact [four names and phone numbers] by Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Matt Vita

January 12, 2011

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