When Politico national editor Kristin Roberts announced last week she was resigning, it was out of a sense that national news sites like Politico “did not reach or represent an America that exists outside of Washington, outside of New York.” She continued, “In my next job, I want to be part of a newsroom that has the ability to speak to and serve a non-Washington audience too.” She did not yet have or disclose a particular destination. Until now.
As Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reports, Roberts will be executive editor of McClatchy Washington, a new role for the organization.
While the first part of the role, “elevat[ing] our coverage of Washington and the elected officials our communities have sent here,” as McClatchy vp of news Tim Grieve–who worked with Roberts at National Journal–described in a memo, seems similar to the work Roberts was critical of, the second part, “harness[ing] the power of our 28 newsrooms to deliver groundbreaking political coverage that engages, represents and serves our readers all across America,” seems more in line with what Roberts was looking for.
She starts in January.