‘Washington Examiner’ Appoints Veteran Journalist as Editor

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A news editor who headed the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau has been appointed executive editor of The Washington Examiner.

Stephen G. Smith arrives at the free daily tabloid with more than 25 years of experience editing Washington news. Smith has held senior editor positions at Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, as well as Knight Ridder Newspapers. He also has held reporting and editing jobs at The Boston Globe and The Philadelphia Inquirer and was editor of National Journal, a publication devoted to government and politics.

“I am most pleased to announce that The Washington Examiner scored a major win for its readers and advertisers” with Smith’s appointment, said Examiner Publisher Michael Phelps.

Smith replaces Vivienne Sosnowski, who was promoted to the newly created position of national editorial director and vice president of the Examiner’s parent company, Denver-based Clarity Media Group.

Smith said he is excited to join “a gutsy organization that not only understands that the news industry is changing … but was founded on that basis.”

The Examiner began publishing in January 2005 in Washington with a newsroom staff of 54 and a circulation of 260,000 papers, including more than 200,000 that are home-delivered based on demographics. Clarity also publishes newspapers under the Examiner name in Baltimore and San Francisco.

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