It’s Official

Dan Froomkin to Huffington Post,

I’m delighted to announce that starting later this month, I’ll be taking on the duties of Washington Bureau Chief and Blogger for The Huffington Post.

This is a wonderful opportunity for me. It’s a marvelous platform — Arianna Huffington has built a large and thriving community of readers by adhering to the best principles of old and new media. And my new job gives me a chance to branch out a bit, while holding firm to my commitment to accountability journalism. Now I’ll have a chance to work as part of a great team, and do a bit more of my own reporting as well as commentary and media criticism..

I’ll still be writing frequently, but I’ll also be guiding the Huffington Post’s accomplished, enthusiastic and adventurous reporters; helping them continue covering Washington the way it should be covered. The extraordinary response to my departure from The Washington Post once again illustrated how much readers hunger for a new – or perhaps I should say old – method of political reporting: One that doesn’t rely on stenography or “splitting the difference,” but involves knowledgeable and trusted reporters calling things as they see them, speaking the truth — and letting the chips fall where they may. We’ll also be finding new and exciting ways to work with citizen journalists to access their wisdom and knowledge.

I look forward to working with all my new colleagues to hold the powerful accountable, expose corruption, explain how Washington really works — and write about politics and government not as if it were just a game, but recognizing that it matters profoundly to every one of us.

I’m eager to hear your reaction and advice, as always. E-mail me at froomkin@gmail.com.

Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald has more about my move.

And one final note: I will continue serving in a part-time capacity as deputy editor of NiemanWatchdog.org.

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3 Responses to It’s Official

  1. Glambassador says:

    I would like to see him make good on his promise to call out Obama.

    Seems like Obama’s recent diplomatic appointments (Laurie Fulton, Denmark; Louis Susman, United Kingdom; Charles Rivkin, France; Vinai Thummalapally, Belize; Bruce Oreck, Finland) are all mere paybacks for campaign fund raising and not meritorious appointments. Obama promised that kind of Washington behavior would stop.

    Seems right up his alley.

  2. Steve says:

    How much is he paying Arianna to work there?

  3. C.E. Petit says:

    I wonder if WaPo management reads Doonesberry and took some inspiration from Rick’s fate?

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