Two big names have accepted buyouts at the Washington Post today, with both veteran political columnist David Broder and sports columnist Tony Kornheiser taking the paper's offer.
The Politico's Michael Calderone reports that Broder announced the news in a note to his column clients, but that he will transition to a contract writer in 2009:
Veteran Washington Post political columnist David Broder is going to take a buyout from the paper. As of Jan 1, 2009, he will become a contract employee of the Post.
Here's a note sent to Broder's column clients, obtained by Politico.
"The column you have been running will not change at all, and you will continue to receive it from The Washington Post Writers Group. I will continue to write from the same office in the Post newsroom and will continue to travel the country to wherever politics is happening. You will find me at the Democratic and Republican conventions this summer and on the campaign trail this fall, just as I have been this winter and spring."
Read the entire note here.
The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg reports that Kornheiser announced the news on his radio show:
Dang. From his radio show a few minutes ago:
"All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer," he said, which is likely not something that anyone under the age of 30 will ever say again. "This other stuff is great, but I don't care about it," he continued. "In my mind that's what it says on the headstone, it says 'newspaper guy.' "
But he also said he signed the papers to take the Post's buyout last night, after working here for, I believe, 29 years. He said he still might contract with The Post to do his Talking Points videos and his Page 2 excerpts, and he said some people in the leadership asked him to stay but didn't really insist, and even though he'll keep doing PTI and the radio show and MNF, he said he feared he'd never have the moral high ground again.
Read Kornheiser's complete comments here.
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