Washington Examiner lays off employees, changes focus

Business Wire | Washington City Paper

The Washington Examiner will become a "digital platform and weekly print magazine focused on political thought leadership" according to a press release.



The release includes some unusual language for those employees:


The employees being laid off should be proud of their achievements in creating The Washington Examiner, and Clarity is grateful for the role they have played in giving the Examiner the strong presence it has in Washington.

The new publication will launch on June 17, giving the laid-off employees three months to feel that pride. "Many of the business and editorial positions needed to publish a local daily newspaper are not required," McKibben says.



Examiner Editor Stephen G. Smith, Executive Editor Mark Tapscott and Managing Editor of Digital Jennifer Peebles will stay, the release says. Twenty new positions will be hired.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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