From the Post’s internal announcement:
We’re pleased to announce that Candace Rondeaux is the new Prince George’s County police reporter.
Since joining the Virginia staff in March, Candace has covered law enforcement in Loudoun County and reported on statewide criminal justice issues â€“ notably the death penalty and DNA testing. Her gifts as a storyteller have extended beyond traditional police and courts coverage. In a gripping piece on Sunday’s front page, she introduced readers to the ordinary Virginians who peform a civic duty by witnessing executions. Another of her memorable stories told of James E. Plowman Jr., Loudoun’s chief prosecutor, and his long search for the remains of his father, a Navy pilot missing since being shot down during the Vietnam War.
Candace came to The Post from the St. Petersburg Times. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and is fluent in Russian.
With Candace’s move, Sandhya Somashekhar will pick up coverage of police and courts in Loudoun. Sandhya, who joined the staff as a two-year intern earlier this year after two outstanding tours as a summer intern, has already distinguished herself with a steady stream of strong news and enterprise stories. In particular, she has dominated coverage of controversial plans to build a major power line through scenic and historic parts of Northern Virginia’s western outer suburbs. We look forward to her now mastering a specific beat.
These moves create an opening for a Loudoun County general news reporter. We’re looking for an experienced reporter who can help continue to chronicle Loudoun’s transformation from a sparsely populated rural community to one of the wealthiest, fastest growing suburbs in the country. We are looking for stories that break news and capture the tensions engendered by such change. Like all reporters in the county, this staffer will work closely with washingtonpost.com as it moves ahead in 2007 with ambitious plans to step up grass-roots, local coverage of Loudoun.
Interested candidates should apply by Dec. 20 to Bob McCartney (REDACTED), Keith Harriston (REDACTED), Lynn Medford (REDACTED), Mike Semel (REDACTED), Lisa Frazier (REDACTED), Kathryn Tolbert (REDACTED) or Peter Perl (REDACTED)