From a staff email from Fred Hiatt:
July 7, 2006
Letters/Close to Home Editor
I’m delighted to announce that Gina Acosta has agreed to take over as letters and Close to Home editor. Her energy, her passion for local news and story-telling, her sense of fairness and her belief that a newspaper should be fun to read–all these qualities should serve all of us well as she takes on this new assignment. Gina has worked with great success and dedication as an Editorial copy editor since 2000. She was a copy-editing intern in 1997 for Metro and Foreign and was hired as a Metro copy editor in 1998.
Also exciting news: Bill O’Brian has agreed to take a leave from his current position as senior editor at the Sunday magazine and serve as letters and Close to Home editor during the coming academic year, during Gina’s Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. Bill came to the Post in 1985 and worked on the news desk and, as slot editor, on Sports and National before moving to the magazine in 1995. His reputation for fairness and conscientiousness is unsurpassed, and he is bringing many exciting ideas to our pages. These attributes managed to outweigh the fact that he will be adding new weight to the Toles-Armao Buffalo Caucus.