The Washington Post signs Michael Kinsley and Barton Swaim as contributing columnists for the Post’s op-ed page and online opinions section. They will both post “on an occasional basis,” according to editorial page editor Fred Hiatt in the announcement.
Kinsley, a former New Republic editor who is currently a columnist at Vanity Fair, has his first column up as contributor. It’s a look at how technology will change the stature of an Ivy League degree.
Swaim is a former speechwriter whose 2015 memoir, The Speechwriter, chronicles the inanity of working for former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. He has written a number of pieces for the Post in the past few months, centered largely on the language used by 2016 candidates, although his gaze has turned to journalists as well.