Changes Inside McClatchy’s D.C. Bureau

Doors are opening inside McClatchy’s Washington Bureau. Bureau Chief James Asher sent a recent memo to staff detailing upcoming changes. First and foremost, David Goldstein — who basically walks on water — will be one of the bureau’s new assigning editors. His creativity knows no bounds. What’s more, they’ve hired WaPo‘s Anita Kumar to cover the White House. She’s tasked with finding a place to live in Washington before she begins on Aug. 20. Since 2007 she has been covering Virginia state politics.

See the internal memo…


I have some very good news today.

Beginning as soon as practical, David Goldstein will become one of the bureau’s assigning editors.  In joining the desk, David brings deep reporting and editing experience to his new job. Students of David’s work have noticed that his amazingly creative mind has taken his journalism to many unexpected places. His writing borders on elegant. His sourcing finds unpredictable voices to enrich his work. These strong qualities are just what the bureau needs as we embark on our new mission with its many beats.

It is still to be determined who will report to David, but that should be settled soon as the reorganization is completed.

Also, I am delighted to announce that Anita Kumar of The Washington Post will join the bureau to cover the White House. Anita has covered the Virginia governor and the Virginia State government since 2007. Before that, she worked for the St. Pete paper, now the Tampa Bay Times. She also worked for papers in Virginia and North Carolina.

Anita, a University of Virginia graduate, comes to the bureau at a great time. The presidential election and either an new president or a second-term president offers her and us great challenges to be thorough, fair and independent in a very partisan world.  She will begin her job on Aug. 20 after she finds a place to live in town.


James Asher
Washington Bureau Chief
McClatchy Co.