Finding a Cheerier Place to Work?

The Post has lost lots of veteran journalists in recent years. But Michael Abramowitz’s decision to leave to run an antigenocide program for the Holocaust Museum caused pain all the way up to Post Company chair Don Graham, a fellow St. Albans and Harvard alum.

Postologists may recall Abramowitz’s desire two years ago to become chief of national news; Len Downie, then executive editor, chose Susan Glasser, whose management style drove away much talent. Abramowitz instead covered the White House and was headed to cover State when he decided to quit.

Buyouts and other departures have left a pall over the Post newsroom. Upon hearing about Abramowitz, one reporter said, “Things are so bad at the Post, the Holocaust Museum will be a more cheery place to work.”

This article first appeared in the February 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here

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