Washington Examiner says goodbye to daily edition

The Washington Examiner

The Washington Examiner published its last local daily edition today. It will become "a digital platform and weekly print magazine focused on political thought leadership," the company announced in March.



To make the transition, the Examiner laid off most of its local staffers, many of whom "are moving on to new opportunities in D.C. and around the country," the Examiner's Matt Connolly writes in a valedictory piece. In its eight-year run, the Examiner distinguished itself with scrappy reporting on local governments, crime, transportation and sports in D.C., among other popular features.


Front page courtesy the Newseum.

"I promised myself I wouldn't cry at the end, but like former Redskins cornerback Darrell Green said, 'You bet your life I will,' " Rick Snider wrote in his goodbye column. "I am in mourning for The Examiner as a daily newspaper," Harry Jaffe wrote in his. "The Washington region will miss The Examiner; politicians and corrupt officials can breathe easier."

Charlie Spiering remembers some of the paper's better front pages, including eye-popping headlines like "D.C. teens want bigger condoms" and "Motorists fuming as bicyclists pack roads," one of many times the paper trolled bike enthusiasts.

Staffers and former staffers bid the paper adieu on Twitter Thursday and Friday:

 

 

 

 

  • 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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