Confirmed: Mike Allen Leaves The Post

mikeallencspan.jpgBuried today by other news, the Washington Post’s Mike Allen has accepted an offer to jump to Time Magazine. Joining no longer-quite-so-embattled Matt Cooper at the White House, Allen takes the job filled by John Dickerson‘s move to Slate earlier this spring.

After days of speculation, Allen traveled to New York Saturday to meet with Time executives, accepted the offer, and then returned to D.C. Allen will start sometime later month, we hear.

“I’m thrilled about the chance to try something new, but sad to leave my family at the Post. They have great values and tremendous ambition, and I feel very blessed and lucky to have been part of the team,” he told Fishbowl this morning.

Or, as he told the NYT today, “Walking into The Washington Post newsroom is like stepping onto the grass at Fenway.”

Allen started at the Post in 1996, where he covered Virginia for two years before briefly defecting to the New York Times for 20 months. He returned to the Post in November 1999 to cover national politics, and the rest, they say, is history.

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