UPDATED: ‘Wash Post’ National Editor Susan Glasser Confirms Job Change In Memo

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By: Joe Strupp

Susan B. Glasser, assistant managing editor for national news at The Washington Post, is being removed from her job, according to The New York Times, which claimed her ouster was due to “poor morale among her subordinates.”

Glasser, in a memo to staffers, confirmed the move, but said only that she was departing from her current job. “I?m leaving to work on a new project with Don Graham but will continue to watch what happens here with great admiration and support,” the memo, first posted on Politico.com, stated in part.

The Times earlier Tuesday stated: “Ms. Glasser was told on Monday night by the executive editor, Leonard Downie Jr., that she was being removed.”

Calls to Downie and Glasser by E&P were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

Glasser joined The Post in 1998 as deputy editor for investigations after serving as editor of Roll Call, the Times reported. She then served for nearly four years as co-bureau chief in Moscow with her husband, Post reporter Peter Baker, and was a correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“When she was named an assistant managing editor in November 2006, Ms. Glasser was praised by Mr. Downie as ‘one of our most talented and visionary journalists,’ one whose ‘transforming journalistic vision’ would lead the 75-member national staff ‘at a time of great opportunity and challenge,'” the Times reported.

“But morale suffered under Ms. Glasser?s leadership, to the extent that in recent weeks a high-ranking Post editor surveyed people on the national staff to gauge just how bad feelings were running,” the Times wrote. “The morale report was conveyed recently to Mr. Downie, who was said to have been dismayed by the findings.”

The Times added that: “Glasser returned from a vacation with her husband in Spain to be called into somber, closed-door meetings about possible new duties for her, the people familiar with the situation at The Post said. The options available to her will reportedly not include positions in the newsroom, they said.”

Glasser’s entire memo is posted below:

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A year and a half ago, I was named AME for this section, and we set off together in pursuit of an amazing set of stories, from the earliest-starting, never-ending presidential primary campaign to the
grinding war in Iraq in the twilight of the Bush era.

It was a privilege and an honor to work with all of you on the tremendous coverage that ensued, all the more so because you have produced this courageous and innovative journalism at a time of great peril and handwringing over our business and our paper.

And you?ve worked hard together to take on some of those challenges, whether by helping build a new political team for this most historic of elections, or taking our reporting and analysis online in important new ways or by helping taking part in a major redesign of the A section and significant reorganization of an editing system that had gone largely unchanged since the waning of the transistor radio.

I?m leaving to work on a new project with Don Graham but will continue to watch what happens here with great admiration and support. Many many thanks to all of you?

Susan

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