Washington Examiner: One Promoted, One Leaving, Another Returns From India

In a simple, straightforward memo to staff late Tuesday, Washington Examiner Stephen Smith announces the news of one promoted reporter, one departing reporter and the return of another. Katy DeLuca has been promoted to Features Editor. She replaces Jacque Jo Bland, one of our favorite tweeters, who is leaving. Her Twitter account has been suspended, which we hope is just temporary. Leah Fabel (pictured at left), who took off for India in September, returns.  In a separate note from Smith to FishbowlDC, he explains, “Jacque is a West Virginian, and she’s joining Chesapeake Energy as Media Relation Specialist in Pittsburgh in order to be nearer her family. She’ll be responsible for the northern panhandle of W. Va and western PA. We hate to see her go, but we can’t argue with her reasons. She’s been a great colleague.”

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I’m pleased to announce a promotion and the return of one of our esteemed reporters.

Katy DeLuca, who has been working as a page designer since June 2007, moves up to Features Editor, replacing the departing Jacque Bland. Katy has been laying out Jacque’s pages, as well as editing our travel and fashion sections, so she’ll hit the ground running when she moves downtown on January 10. One of her top priorities will be giving greater prominence to arts and features on our Web site, especially Yeas & Nays. Katy joins two other graduates of the University of Georgia in the newsroom, reporters Hayley Peterson and Brian Hughes; all three worked on Georgia’s fine student newspaper, The Red & Black. Katy also studied at Oxford in 2006 and has been pursuing a masters degree in political communication at Johns Hopkins.

Leah Fabel, who worked as a reporter at The Examiner from December 2007 until she left to travel in India in September, rejoins us on January 3 to cover Fairfax County, one of our most important beats. For most of her time here, Leah was our education reporter, distinguishing herself as thoughtful, resourceful and quick to spot trends. She scored many notable scoops, including Michelle Rhee’s decision to dismiss low-performing teachers. She also wrote the Credo page for the Sunday paper, something she has continued to do as a free-lancer, showing that reporters can put aside their skepticism and persuade people to speak candidly about their faith.

Please join me in congratulating Katy and Leah on their new portfolios.

Cheers, Steve