WSJ’s Gerald Seib Will Step Down From His Washington Bureau Chief Role Next Year

He'll stay on at the Journal as executive Washington editor and chief commentator.

Come January 2017, Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Gerald (Jerry) Seib will be trading in his role as bureau chief for that commentary life, taking on the title of executive Washington editor and chief commentator, announced WSJ editor in chief Gerard Baker in a note to staff.

Baker called Seib a “defining feature of the American political landscape,” telling staff that the almost-40-year WSJ vet will “become even more of a Living National Treasure” as he takes on his new role.

Seib’s Capital Journal column will continue into his new position, in which he’ll also take on commentary on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, as well as “occasional news analyses” and work on the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter. He’ll also have a greater hand in the Journal’s events and conferences side of things.

Seib has been at the Journal since 1977, taking on a variety of roles both domestic and international throughout his career at the publication. He has been in his current position for six years. Prior to the bureau chief gig, he was executive Washington Editor and columnist, and before that, he had his first stint as Washington bureau chief. We detect a pattern.