And another one drops at the Washington Post! Michael Calderone at Politico is reporting that legendary writer David Broder is the latest to take a buyout from the paper, though he’ll remain on contract. The 78-year-old Broder told Calderone there were two reasons he’s leaving: (1) he can get off the newsroom budget, and help them save a little dough and (2) they’re giving him a "generous" package.
So with chief editor Leonard Downie apparently days away from taking a buyout of his own, and with loudmouth, thin-skinned Tony Kornheiser also taking one, let’s do a quick round-up of everyone else. The rule of the land is you can only take a buyout at the paper if you’re older than 50.
Don Podesta (AME/Copy Desk)
Sue Anne Pressley
Joe Elbert (former AME/Photo)
JoEllen Murphy (Art Director, HOME)
Deb Heard (AME/Style)
Steve Fehr (Assistant Virginia editor)
Ann Gerhart is not taking the buyout.
Gene Weingarten is not taking the buyout.
And Peter Baker left for the Times Magazine after his wife, editor Susan Glasser, was fired.