By Strupp, Joe
Editor & Publisher
Washington Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley, a leading conservative whose national reputation has brought heightened interest in the daily paper, is leaving after five years at the helm to take a post with a public relations firm, the paper reported Tuesday.
The Times revealed that Blankley, a former press secretary to Newt Gingrich, would become an executive vice president with Edelman public relations in Washington. He also will become a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, but will continue to write his weekly editorial-page column for The Times.
"Since I was a young Reaganite in 1982, I had always read and admired The Washington Times," Blankley said in today's paper. "But working at The Times as editor of the editorial page, I have grown to love the newspaper. Under the leadership of Wes Pruden, it has courage, spirit, professionalism and a profound sense of purpose. It is everything that an American newspaper ought to be -- and that makes it very rare these days. It is not only a family newspaper for its readers, but it is very much a family for its employees. …