Post Beat Changes

Two internal Washington Post staff notices, obtained by FishbowlDC:

We are pleased to announce that Paul Duggan will turn his reporting and writing talents to the District law enforcement and public safety beat, replacing Allison Klein, who will be taking a maternity leave. Paul’s new assignment is one of the most demanding beats in the city. In addition to reporting on the D.C. police department, he will cover breaking news involving the Park Police, Capitol Police, FBI, and U.S. Secret Service.

As a general assignment and regional reporter based on the City Desk, Paul has tackled numerous high-profile assignments, delivering memorable stories about the aftermath of the Virginia Tech murders; the life, trial and suicide of the D.C. Madam; dog fighting following the arrest of Michael Vick; and the arrest of Zhenli Ye Gon, an accused drug smuggler visiting Maryland after authorities removed $207 million in cash from his Mexico City home. Paul moves easily from writing about complicated issues such as the District’s gun law to reporting on wacky characters and events. His new beat will give him numerous opportunities to do both.

Since joining the Post in 1987, Paul also has been an editor in Metro and a national correspondent. He will begin his new assignment later this month.


We are delighted to announce that Keith Alexander, who has been on temporary assignment covering D.C. Superior Court for nearly a year, will take over the beat from Henri Cauvin, who has moved to the Prince George’s County bureau to cover federal and Maryland state courts.

Keith’s enthusiasm, aggressive source building and strong community-based reporting already have given us gripping trial coverage and narratives. His story about the fate of the 49 bystanders injured when Tonya Bell drove through a festival crowd was powerful, and his exclusive interview with the father of 14-year-old DeOnte Rawlings, who was killed by police, gave readers a rare look at a troubled teen’s home life. Keith’s recent work included a scoop about the controversy over releasing the bodies of four girls allegedly killed by their mother, and a piece about nine hours of violence that left seven people dead.

After joining The Post in 2001, Keith covered the airline and business travel industries and wrote “Business Class,” a popular column in Financial. Previously, he was a financial reporter at USA Today covering airlines, business travel and the media.