VandeHarris: Peter Baker’s Take

From his washingtonpost.com chat today:

    San Francisco, Calif.: So, big changes coming at The Post, with Harris and VandeHei setting up their new multimedia web-type political thing. Is this part of Washington Post online, or is it separate and unrelated? Are you going with them? Have you been asked? How will political coverage at The Post change?

    Peter Baker: The Post is mourning the departure of our friends and colleagues, John Harris, our national political editor, and Jim VandeHei, a national political correspondent. They’re going to start a brand-new politics Web site funded by the Albritton family, completely separate from the Post. No, I’m not going with them but all of us will miss them terribly. I was partners with each of them at different times on the White House beat and they really are the best. But we will now wish them luck and turn our attention to rebuilding our political team. The good news out of all this is the paper’s leadership is energized these days about assembling the best political team in American journalism and there will be exciting new developments in our own coverage both in the paper and on the Web. You’ll be seeing more news about that soon. With the most wide-open presidential election in generations coming up in 2008, this is a great moment of opportunity for the Post and we plan to rise to the occasion.