Jefferson Morley tells me he becomes Washington Editor of Salon “at the behest of David Talbot, founder/editor/CEO who wants to reemphasize political coverage of the Great Recession, the 2012 race, and the sorry state of American public life, with an emphasis on calling out the responsible and calling attention to those who are doing good.”
Morley, who points out that he brings “a lot of online experience and historical perspective to the job,” continues in his email:
The job ends my two year break from journalism i which I wrote a book for Doubleday about the first race riot in Washington, DC. “Snow-Storm in August: Race and Unrest in Washington City: 1835″ will be published in July 2012 by Nan Talese/Doubleday. My 2008 book “Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA” is now out in paperback and has been translated into Spanish, on the strength of its revelations about the CIA and JFK’s assassination and the CIA’s ties to three Mexican presidents.
Before writing “Snow-Storm,” I was the editorial director of the nonprofit Center for Independent Media, where I oversaw a national network of state news sites, including the Washington Independent, the Iowa Independent, Michigan Messenger, Colorado Independent, and New Mexico Independent. In that job, I saw both the promise and peril on non-profit journalism.
Before CIM I spent 15 years at the Washington Post as an editor the Sunday Outlook section and a writer for the Sunday magazine. From 2000 to 2007, I worked at washingtonpost.com, where i edited foreign pages and wrote the World Opinion Roundup column.