ISO: Gridlock Lovers

Ron Shaffer (known to may as Dr. Gridlock) has taken the early retirement offer from the Washington Post and there is now an opening for that position.

    Ron is an institution at The Post, having held several high-ranking positions in Metro before creating Dr. Gridlock 20 years ago. He made the column wildly popular and turned it into its own franchise. It is now required reading for hundreds of thousands of Washington-area commuters.

    We already miss Ron, but we must get on with the difficult business of finding the next Dr. Gridlock.

    We are looking for someone who will build on Ron’s considerable success in grounding the column in readers’ concerns, while also bringing fresh ideas and approaches to the effort. We are looking for someone with a lot of initiative who will do aggressive reporting to explain the region’s considerable road and rail miscues – and hold authorities accountable for addressing them.

    The successful candidate will be an intrepid reporter and an engaging writer; a self-starter who will doggedly stick to an issue until we get it solved. Our choice also will understand and embrace the wide-ranging possibilities that washingtonpost.com and Washington Post radio offer to a commuting columnist.