Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery joins Washington Post

Boston Globe reporter Wesley Lowery will join the Washington Post, where he’ll cover Congress and politics.

While at Ohio University, Lowery, who is 23, tracked down the administrator info of a website raising funds for George Zimmerman’s defense, and apparently corresponded with Zimmerman himself. He was editor-in-chief of The Post at Ohio University, and did internships at The Detroit News, The Columbus Dispatch, The Wall Street Journal and the Globe.

He was at the Los Angeles Times as a reporting fellow before joining the Globe, where he covered the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath and the Aaron Hernandez case.

Lowery tells Poynter in an email he plans to help out with the Post’s Hernandez coverage.

In this video he discusses his eventful career so far:

Here’s the Globe’s memo, from deputy managing editor Jennifer Peter:

It is with heavy heart (and no shortage of ill-will for our former editor) that I report that Wesley Lowery, who has yet to unpack all his bags from Los Angeles, will be leaving the Globe to take a congressional reporting position at The Washington Post. In his scant nine months here, Wes has had a huge impact, immersing himself in the non-stop series of news stories that have occurred since his arrival. He played a critical role in the mayoral coverage, learning the political rhythms and cast of characters in our city in a remarkably short period of time. He became one of our go-to reporters on the Hernandez case, working with Mark Arsenault and Travis Andersen to become fully versed in the intricate details of the case against the former Patriots player. He has formed life-long bonds with the workers at a Worcester funeral home, where he stood vigil as the fate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s was decided. And on the night of April 18, just a few weeks into his stint here, he was one of the many who called in after a long day of work to volunteer for what became a 24-hour cycle of reporting in Watertown and Cambridge. I’d like to think that he’s leaving us only because the offer was too good to refuse, but I fear it may have had something to do with how often he was sent out to Bristol, Conn., and other far-flung and less-than-glamorous destinations. In all seriousness, Wes has been a pleasure to have as part of our team, if only for a short time.

Please join me in wishing him well.

Jen

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  • brigidquinn

    i’m sure wesley lowery is a bright young man. however, sending someone as young as 23 years old to cover the u.s. congress smacks more of a start-up blog than of the venerable washington post. i’m thinking he should be getting his feet wet down at the ‘wilson’ building, covering the d.c. city council or the d.c. mayor, before he’s sent up to the ‘hill.’ alas…perhaps i’m just getting old.
    brigid quinn
    washington, d.c.
    san miguel de allende, mexico