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Broder and Kornheiser among 'Wash Post' Buyout Takers

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Broder and Kornheiser among 'Wash Post' Buyout Takers

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Two of The Washington Post's top columnists, David Broder and Tony Kornheiser, are reportedly taking buyouts as the deadline for the newspaper's retirement offer looms on Thursday.

Broder, who has spent more than 40 years at the paper, plans to leave his full-time post and become a contract employee as of Jan 1, 2009, according to Politico.com.

In a note to fellow staffers, also posted on Politico, Broder said: "I will continue to write from the same office in the Post newsroom and will continue to travel the country to wherever politics is happening. You will find me at the Democratic and Republican conventions this summer and on the campaign trail this fall, just as I have been this winter and spring.... This change will allow me to focus entirely on the column, while freeing up the Post to use its budget for other news-section salaries and expenses."

Kornheiser, the Post sports columnist who gained national fame on Monday Night Football and other ESPN network programs, announced on his radio show Wednesday afternoon that he was taking a buyout after 29 years with the newspaper. …

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