From Rajiv Chandrasekaran, AME/Continuous News:
- This is an announcement I hoped I’d never have to write: The indomitable Fred Barbash has decided to leave The Post to reinvent himself yet again, this time as a teacher. Come Labor Day, he’ll be joining the faculty of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism at its Washington campus.
Fred Barbash has worked for almost every staff in the newsroom: Metro, National, Foreign, Financial, Outlook, KidsPost and finally Continuous News. He was National Editor from 1989 to 1994, then London Bureau Chief, and then Financial Editor before taking the 4:30 a.m. shift on Continuous News as a writer/editor and occasional broadcaster on Washington Post Radio. In his years here, he has distinguished himself not just as a reporter and editor but as a mentor, a font of ideas and a friend to many.
When he joined Continuous News, Fred was The Post in the early morning hours; other than the janitors, he was the only person in the office at daybreak. He was the reassuring voice at the other end of the line for reporters in Baghdad and the guy who advised washingtonpost.com whether a news alert moving on the wires was important enough to post on the home page. He chased all manner of stories, from catastrophic car bombings in Iraq to traffic tie-ups on the Beltway. Through it all, he has been the consummate pro, the wise veteran who always made the right call and never got ruffled.