Sara Goo leaves Washington Post for Pew

Sara Goo, the Washington Post’s real estate editor, is leaving to be a senior digital editor at the Pew Research Center. The paper will hire a new real estate editor. Memo from Dan Beyers and Peter Perl after the jump.

We’re sad to announce that Sara Goo is leaving The Post after 11 years to take a new position as senior digital editor of the Pew Research Center. Sara most recently has served as Real Estate editor, where she has reenergized the section both in print and online, introducing new voices and launching the successful Where We Live real estate blog. Sara started as a business reporter in the Prince George’s bureau and later covered airport security and the creation of the TSA after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. She helped launch new technology and financial blogs for Financial and served as senior news director on the Universal Desk. Sara has worked with many parts of this newsroom and we’ll miss her. Her last day will be April 6.

Sara’s departure means we are looking for a new real estate editor. The duties include putting out a lively, compelling section, in print and online, each week. This position requires a self-starter with good organizational skills, and a familiarity with Washington’s diverse communities. We want someone who thinks about real estate in a broad way, alerting us to changes in the market and explaining new trends in architecture, home design, remodeling and construction. The real estate editor will help compile our daily real estate blog, working with contributors and writing posts as well.  We also anticipate hiring a producer/blogger to assist the real estate editor, with the idea that this new hire will also contribute to our Cars and Jobs Web channels. Together, this team will be expected to network with the region’s real estate community, recruit, manage and edit a large group of freelancers, create photo galleries and drive traffic to our online offerings.

The Real Estate staff works in conjunction with Capital Business. We’re looking for someone to take charge of this important Washington Post franchise.

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