Slate‘s Umansky Exits For Columbia

eric_umansky.jpgNewsprint-smudged Eric Umansky says he’s leaving Slate for a fellowship at Columbia.

Via Romenesko Letters:

I have decided to retire from the evening shift and am leaving Slate. I’ve been given a fellowship to study for the year at Columbia — focusing on national security and human rights — and then to study Arabic next summer and fall, which I’m planning to do in Cairo or perhaps Beirut. (And no, the fellowship doesn’t come courtesy of the CIA … or Amnesty International.)

The upshot: Tomorrow will be my last Today’s Papers.

As for my replacement, Slate is having a bake-off. Alexander Barnes Dryer — currently at the New Yorker’s D.C. office — will compete with two freelancers, Daniel Politi, and Joshua Kucera.

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