WASHINGTON, D.C. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Washington Post has announced that more than 100 of its employees have accepted buyout deals, effectively ending their regular association with the newspaper. The buyouts come as part of an effort by the newspaper to reduce its staff by of 750 by at least ten percent.
One of those accepting a buyout was Richard Harrington, a veteran reporter who covered both the local music scene and the music business in general for the for the newspaper. Long a fixture at the Wapo, Harrington joins the likes of Pulitzer prize winning Thomas E. Ricks, David Broder and Stephen Hunter in accepting early retirement buyout deals.
The departure of these staffers from the Washington Post marks the third round of buyouts for the paper and similar scenes are being played out in news rooms across the country. Harrington isn't the only high profile music scribbler to end his tenure at a major newspaper. Last month, The New York Times announced that music journalist Jeff Leeds was departing from his position. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers