Washington Examiner Shifts Business Model From Daily Newspaper to Political Site and Weekly Print Magazine
“Many of the business and editorial positions needed to publish a local daily newspaper are not required as we move to focus on national and political coverage,” said Mr. McKibben. “The employees being laid off should be proud of their achievements in creating The Washington Examiner, and Clarity is grateful for the role they have played in giving the Examiner the strong presence it has in Washington.”
Among the employees staying to launch and run the new web site and publication are editor Stephen G. Smith, executive editor Mark Tapscott and managing editor of digital Jennifer Peebles. Several other executives on the business side will remain to lead the effort. In addition, 20 positions will be created for the new digital platform and weekly publication.
“I am pleased to be part of the new direction that we are charting for The Washington Examiner and look forward to overseeing a stellar group of journalists who will cover the Washington political scene in a unique way,” said Mr. Smith.
Commenting on her appointment as CEO of Clarity’s Washington Group, Ms. Sabatier said, “Clarity is committed to providing the most insightful and knowledgeable political coverage and commentary possible to an influential and sophisticated professional readership, both in the nation’s capital and around the country. I am excited to be working with a great team to oversee this shift in focus for The Washington Examiner and to be leading Clarity’s efforts in the nation’s capital.”
Mr. McKibben said that until the shift on June 14, The Washington Examiner daily will continue operating as usual to serve its readers and advertisers.
“We are very grateful to all those who have supported and appreciated our efforts over the past seven years,” said Mr. McKibben. “We have enjoyed serving the Washington community and our pride in having done so will always be an important part of our heritage at The Washington Examiner.”