Lickity Split: Washington Examiner Brings On New Asst. Digital Editor

That was fast.

Last week Kevin Glass abruptly left the Washington Examiner after being there less than four months. All sides claimed it was a peachy ending. Today Editor Steve Smith announces the new hire of Las Vegas Sun‘s Tim Richardson. Richardson will fill Glass’s shoes as Asst. Managing Editor of Digital. This should be a smooth transition considering he was Managing Editor of Digital at The Sun. But maybe they could have at least given him a better title instead of making it sound like he has been demoted? He did allegedly jack up The Sun‘s page views in his 18 months there. He also formerly worked as a multiplatform editor for Wapo/Newsweek Interactive. Washington’s doors seem to be opening easily for Richardson — his wife, Cara, snagged a job as an editor at USA Today.

Welcome to the Fishbowl Richardson!

See Smith’s internal memo after the jump…

I’m pleased to announce thatTim Richardson, a widely respected journalist and online editor, will be joining the Examiner on October 31 as Assistant Managing Editor, Digital. Tim comes to us from the Las Vegas Sun, where as managing editor for digital he served as the primary home page editor and coordinated web operations with editors and reporters. The Sun tripled its page views in his 18 months there.

In 2009 and 2010, the Sun won Editor & Publisher’s award for best news site with fewer than a million monthly uniques, as well as the Online News Association’s general excellence award for medium-sized sites.

Tim is no stranger to this area. Before going to Las Vegas, he spent 18 months as a multiplatform editor at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. He managed the day-to-day operations of a site dedicated to coverage of suburban Washington, and coordinated coveragewith Post editors and reporters. He also shot and edited video packages to enhance Post stories and managed a daily podcast.

He previously worked as new media ME for the Naples (FL) Daily News and for five years as online news editor at the Topeka Capital Journal, where he was the first interactive reporter.

A native of Wichita, Tim earned his B.A. in journalism from Kansas State University. He’s an avid Big 12 fan, and with KSU playing Oklahoma State the Saturday after he arrives, we expect he’ll be having some animated discussions with Mark Tapscott, whose editorials on politics are mild compared to his strong feelings for his alma mater OSU.

Tim’s wife Cara will be going to work as an editor at USA Today. Please join me in welcoming Tim to the Examiner and the Richardsons back to Washington.

Cheers, Steve