From the Post’s internal memo from Len Downie and Phil Bennett:
We are very pleased to announce that Susan Glasser will become Assistant Managing Editor for National News on December 4.
One of the most creative editors in the newsroom, Susan has demonstrated transforming journalistic vision during her brief tenure as editor of Outlook. She enlivened the section and made it required reading by presenting authoritative, thought-provoking reporting and analysis from many viewpoints in accessible and compelling ways.
We expect her to be similarly innovative in leading the National staff at a time of great opportunity and challenge, building on the foundation laid by Liz Spayd to make our coverage of national news — especially politics, government accountability and national security — dominant both in print and on the web.
Susan and politics editor Bill Hamilton will begin immediately to work with Liz, in her new role as editor of washingtonpost.com, to launch our new politics web site and our combined print and Internet coverage of the 2008 campaign and the transition of power in Congress.
A former editor of Roll Call, Susan has deep experience in political coverage and national news. She came to The Washington Post in 1998 as deputy national editor for investigations and helped lead our coverage of the Monica Lewinsky investigation and the impeachment of President Clinton. As a reporter on the National staff, she covered money and politics, terrorism and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
Susan was a foreign correspondent for nearly four years, serving as Moscow co-bureau chief with her husband, Peter Baker. During that time, she also worked as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq. Susan and Peter wrote a book based on their reporting in Russia, “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution.”
We will move quickly to select an editor to continue what Susan has begun in Outlook.
The Post’s dead-tree edition also had an announcement on this and included the paper’s first mention of VandeHarris:
Glasser’s appointment also comes during a challenging period for the paper. This week, two of The Post’s prominent political journalists, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei, said they were leaving the paper to join an online venture. Amid growing competition from the Internet and other news sources, The Post plans to broaden its political coverage on the Web and in other media.
And in a completely mind-blowing move, Deborah Howell doesn’t at all touch on the topic in her Sunday column.
In Michael Grunwald’s “Zeitgeist Checklist,” he says that the VandeHarris venture won’t last all that long:
10.Media. Following the footsteps of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and Equatorial Guinean dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Washington Post political aces John Harris and Jim VandeHei decide to do business with the Allbritton family, the former owners of the scandal-ridden Riggs Bank. After accepting a lucrative deal to run Allbritton’s new Web site, VandeHei publicly predicts that it will be even better than The Post and the New York Times, and will last almost as long as Inside.com.
In related news: VandeHarris.com…still available.