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Washington Post Could Leave D.C., Publisher Says

When the Washington Post announced in February that it was considering selling its 15th Street NW headquarters, new District office buildings in places like NoMa seemed like probable candidates for the paper's new home. But the Post could be headed to the suburbs instead, according to publisher Katharine Weymouth.

“If possible, we want to stay in the District,” Weymouth told a group at the American News Women’s Club last week, according to the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift. A move to Virginia or Maryland would be an ironic reversal for the Post, which has been moving its suburban bureaus into smaller offices.

Weymouth also defended the decision to eliminate the Post ombudsman earlier this month. “If you look at the new media players, not one of them has an ombudsman,” Weymouth said. Fortunately for the Post and Weymouth, these sites don't have any problems with ethics or standards.

Clift's laudatory take on Weymouth closes with this anecdote of Weymouth as a young scab:

At 9 years old, she crossed the picket line, rolling newspapers during the 1975 pressmen’s strike, an early lesson in doing what it takes, even when it’s not popular, in the service of the larger cause.

Putting aside whether even the most diehard Wobbly would blame a 9-year-old for working at her family business, maybe strikebreaking isn't exactly the metaphor Weymouth wants for her time running the Post.

Correction: This article initially said the Post was closing its suburban bureaus. Instead, the bureaus have been moved into smaller offices.

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  • DC

    Wasn't the "larger cause" in that particular dispute her family's wealth?

  • DC

    I would have to cancel my subscription if the Post moved out of the District.(Yes, I'm one of the few who still subscribes to the dead tree version)

  • ian

    Put it in Bangalore, for all I care. The Post runs wire stories even for significant local news happening near the paper's current headquarters. If they wanted to, they could hold down a couple of couches at Tryst in Adams Morgan and put out the same product. Cost would be a few cups of coffee.

  • Alf

    The Post will stay in Washington. They're only doing the dance that many companies do -- trying to get a competition going between various jurisdictions to get a bigger amenities package out of DC. Oldest trick in the (corporate relocation) book.

  • John

    Is the Post a big enough employer to warrant an amenities package? Honest question. Supposedly they only require one or two floors in their current headquarters building and that's why they want to move. (Also, most of the people in city hall would probably be happier if the fourth estate didn't move next door to them....)

  • CT

    Post reporters crossed the picket line, too. Shame on them.

  • Rik

    The WaPo is devoid of standards and ethics. I hope the disgusting tabloid goes bankrupt.