Duck..Duck..Paul Bedard to the Examiner

The goose is cooked. In a move that should surprise no one, U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard is going to work for the Washington Examiner. For one thing, Bedard has loved showering praise on the publication. For another, his new boss, Stephen Smith, is also his former colleague.

But who knew he was a goose hunter?

See Smith’s glowing memo…

I’m delighted to announce that Paul Bedard, author of  “Washington Whispers” at U. S. News & World Report, is joining The Washington Examiner on January 30 as a columnist for our online and print editions.

In his nearly 14 years writing Whispers, Bedard has turned the column into must reading for people interested in what’s going on behind the scenes in Washington. He has built a large following on the Internet, which will be amplified by daily columns in our newspaper.

Bedard took over the magazine’s premiere political column in 1998, mixing news scoops (a recent item reported that Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis drove a car made in Canada, not in the U.S., as she claimed) and lighter exclusives (the White House keeps a backup turkey in case the lead bird keels over before the President can pardon it on Thanksgiving).

Prior to U.S. News, Bedard spent 10 years as White House correspondent at the Washington Times, breaking stories such as the existence of the stealth bomber and how then-Vice President George H.W. Bush was considering a young Indiana senator named Dan Quayle to be his running mate.

Before that, Bedard was a co-editor of Defense Week, worked for States News Service in Washington, and covered politics, education and the annual muskrat skinning championship at the Salisbury (Md.) Daily Times.

He is a 1980 political science graduate of George Washington University and served a year as House page for former Rep. James Symington of Missouri.

He’s an avid deer and goose hunter and fly fisherman who lives in western Loudoun County with his wife Michele and daughter Maddy.

As a former colleague of Paul’s at U.S. News, I am especially pleased that he’s coming to the Examiner. He has as many sources as anyone in town, and he practices the old-fashioned newspaper virtues of accuracy, fairness, and clarity.

Please join me in welcoming him aboard.

Cheers, Steve