When Michael Wilbon elected to officially leave his position as a general sports columnist for the Washington Post, it left a void on the paper's columnist roster. Today, that void was filled. The paper has announced that Jason Reid, the former Redskins beat writer, will be the paper's newest general sports columnist.â†µ
â†µâ†µJason Reid, who has covered the Redskins for four years, is moving on ... he'll start writing a general sports column for The Post soon.â†µ
TBD has a copy of the internal Washington Post memo sent by sports editor Matt Vita, which has this to say:â†µ
â†µâ†µI am confident Jason has the experience, work ethic and drive to become a top-flight commentator on sports and their role in society, and will be a welcome addition to Tom Boswell, Sally Jenkins, Mike Wise and Tracee Hamilton as the best lineup of sports columnists in the country.â†µ
Reid has covered the Redskins for the last four years, and began publishing more analysis pieces this year. He has also covered the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA and the Los Angeles Dodgers of MLB.â†µ
Reid's hiring leaves an opening on the Redskins beat. In the memo, Vita wrote that "a strong external candidate has emerged," but did open the position up to other Washington Post staffers.