Hellos & Goodbyes at Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays

We knew changes were coming at the Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays column and today, it’s official.

Co-founding editor Jeff Dufour is moving on to Urban Daddy- he’ll actually be launching the nightlife website’s Washington edition. His former partner Kiki Ryan moved to Politico‘s Click this week, leaving both positions open.

Your new Yeas & Nays will be… US News and World Report‘s Washington Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab and CNN’s Tara Palmeri.

Find out more about them in Examiner editor Stephen Smith’s memo after the jump…

Yeas & Nays, which just passed its third anniversary, will soon have a changing of the guard.

Jeff Dufour, a co-founding editor of our popular people-and-gossip section, is moving to Urban Daddy, a Web site that provides information about restaurants, nightlife and other leisure activities in cities around the country. Urban Daddy is up and running in eight cities, and Jeff will launch its Washington edition. With his experience as a food and wine critic, not to mention his knowledge of the Washington social scene, Jeff will surely give the site a strong presence in this area. We are grateful for his fine work at The Examiner, not only in Yeas & Nays but also as a restaurant critic and occasional cover story writer.

We will be replacing Jeff and the recently departed Kiki Ryan with two new hires.

Nikki Schwab comes to us from U.S. News & World Report, where she has been a reporter for the widely read Washington Whispers column. She also produced the Washington Whispers section on u.s.news.com, updating its content throughout the day. She previously served internships at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive and at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nikki graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in communication from American University.

Tara Palmeri arrives from CNN, where she has worked on contract as a news assistant. She has been a jack of all trades at the network, piecing together interviews and footage for broadcasts, producing a daily political podcast, creating interactive footage for CNN.com’s political ticker, and handling a wide variety of high-profile guests. She previously worked as a broadcast intern at Voice of America. Tara graduated summa cum laude from American University, with a degree in public communication. She also had roles in two theater productions at AU.

Our new team will continue the Yeas & Nays tradition of providing inside information on celebrities and local events, as well as exclusive political bits that public officials hope will never see the light of day. Nikki and Tara will also do more blogging, tweeting, and updating on the Web. The print section will represent the best of their online work.

Please join me in giving Jeff an appreciative send-off – and in welcoming Nikki and Tara to The Washington Examiner.