FishbowlDC has obtained the following internal staff announcement from the Washington Post:
After a very successful year on the National Desk, Jeff Smith will return to reporting to lead our coverage of the legacy of the Bush administration. We consider this to be essential enterprise reporting, and we can’t think of anyone better in the newsroom to take it on. Jeff has been a gracious colleague and a gifted editor — a stickler for precision, an advocate for ambitious work, and a mentor in the ways of investigative journalism. During his time on the desk, Jeff edited some of National’s most significant investigative and accountability pieces: Joby and Walter’s reconstruction of the nuclear warhead that was accidentally flown across the country, Lindsey and Spencer’s tale of how ideology influences policy at the Department of Transportation, Carol Leonning’s unforgettable piece about the cozy land deal between the former HUD secretary and the author of “Love Train,” Marc Kaufman and Chris Lee’s account of political interference in the work of the surgeon general, Matt Mosk’s examination of Linda Chavez’s odd fundraising practices, and a bunch of other stand-up-and-notice, front-page hits. Now we’re counting on Jeff to launch us on a run of high-impact stories that shed light on the myriad ways this administration is leaving its mark on the federal government. Jeff will start his new assignment immediately. Carlos Lozada, Marilyn Thompson and Lenny Bernstein will assume his editing responsibilities. We hope Jeff will return to editing in the next year.