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Some beat changes in sports

Most of this is probably no longer news to anyone, but here is Thursday's WaPo memo from sports editor Matt Vita announcing some beat changes in the sports department. Tarik El-Bashir has written about moving on from the Caps on his own blog, and I'm sure we'll hear from the rest of the individuals involved soon. At least one co-worker of mine doesn't think readers are that interested in this stuff, but since I'm often in the business of writing about D.C. sports media moves, I figured I shouldn't ignore such big changes in our own shop. Enjoy.

After five solid years, Tarik El-Bashir's run as our Capitals writer is coming to an end. When Tarik took over the Capitals beat - back when the jerseys were teal, black and bronze, the NHL was bust and few of us knew what an Ovechkin was - the Capitals were bottom feeders in the D.C. sports hierarchy. No more. And no one covering the team has chronicled its remarkable rise better, more diligently and with more good spirit than Tarik. They still haven't won the Cup, but Tarik is ready for a new challenge. This fall he will take over responsibility for another team with Ted Leonsis connections - Georgetown men's basketball. He'll also become our primary NASCAR writer, and cover boxing, mixed martial arts and action sports.

Tarik's move prompts us to make several other changes.

* Katie Carrera, a former Post intern who has covered high school sports for us the past two years, will become the new Capitals beat writer. Katie is a rarity - a sports journalist who actually knows something about hockey. She has assisted Tarik on and off with the Capitals for the past two seasons and now she has the whole show to herself.

* Liz Clarke will move from Georgetown to Maryland, where she will cover the men's basketball team. From her perch in College Park Liz will also use her keen eye and enormous reporting and writing talents, which were vividly on display this summer during the World Cup, to uncover the hidden stories of the Maryland athletic department. She will also continue to cover professional tennis.

* Steve Yanda, another former intern who has covered Maryland for the last two years, will be moving to Charlottesville to cover the Virginia football and men's basketball teams. Steve shared an APSE second place award with Eric Prisbell this year for their series on Gary Williams. He is a news-driven reporter who is quickly becoming an expert on the ACC and the national collegiate football and basketball scene. He'll continue to follow those areas, and keep an eye on the Virginia athletic department.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2010; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media , Terps  
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Comments

is yanda literally moving to charlottesville? because i could use a new drinking buddy.

Posted by: EdLeee | July 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sad to see Tarik transition on, he's been a great reporter, as La Canfora was before. Steinz don't leave us for ESPN, unless they replace you with Drew Magary.

Posted by: JDP_ | July 30, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info on the beat changes at the Post - us readers like myself are very interested in this type of stuff unbeknowest to your co-worker. I was shocked to read on CI this afternoon about Tarik leaving the Caps beat - I will miss seeing him out at KCI and reading his blog everyday. Glad to see Katie, someone who filled in for TEB on occasion and knows hockey, filling his shoes though they will be hard to fill. Keep up the good work Dan.

Posted by: theresa21 | July 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Yanda is not a 'news driven reporter'...Terps fans welcome Liz and an overdue change.

Posted by: jrraley | July 30, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how long it will be until we get a 3-part series on Virginia recruiting and how well Bennet and Littlepage get along.

Posted by: Russtinator | July 30, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

thank god your not covering the caps wise....your horrible when it comes to them

Posted by: Jgray85 | July 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"Katie is a rarity - a sports journalist who actually knows something about hockey."

I can't decide if this line is sad and depressing for what it says about sports journalists, is just a bad attempt at humor--or is just some snide putdown of hockey. I'm going to go with the first choice.

And Dan, your colleague is totally wrong. Lots of people are interested in news like changes in beat writers. Any devoted fan of a D.C. sports team like the Caps read the beat writer's report on the team every morning in the paper, checks the Insider blog a couple times a day, reads the chats with the beat writer on the WaPo site and maybe sees the beat writer on a show like Washington Post Live or hears them interviewed on one of the sports radio stations in town. They're part of your everyday life, in some small way, and drive coverage of the team in many different forums--especially for a sport like hockey, in which, as discussed above, too many other sports journalists don't know much about. Anyone who thinks that people don't care--or aren't going to notice--when the beat writer at the Post changes for their favorite team must not follow sports the way many people follow them.

(And this also applies to other areas, as well. For instance, if you're particularly interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you're going to want to know when the Jerusalem bureau chief changes....)

Posted by: TheFingerman | July 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Great post EdLee...Brilliant!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Tarik posts frequently about The Caps & NHL; his insight & news updates are going to be missed. 4me, he's been the primary WaPO UI for such a long time, I'm kinda sad about the move.

Posted by: Hattrik | July 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Any idea if/when the Post is going to fill the vacated Hokies Journal/beat writer job?

Posted by: thrh1 | July 30, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I think VT fans complaining has surpassed D.C. United fans complaining as the most annoying on this site.

Seriously, shut up. This market is not one that should cover that team.

Posted by: JDP_ | July 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I think VT fans complaining has surpassed D.C. United fans complaining as the most annoying on this site.

Posted by: JDP_ | July 30, 2010 4:52 PM

What? DC United fans do not complain about their Post coverage - we have the best soccer beat writer in the country. And someone who is a real resource for the Post.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Kev,
I think he was referring to the complaining of DCU fans in general not particular to press.

Dan, I don't read Caps insider or any of the college blogs, but even so I am happy to find out the info.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

First, it wasn't a complaint about level of Tech coverage. Just a question about if/when they were going to replace the blog/beat writer since Dan was listing changes to the blog/beat coverage in general.

As far as level of coverage in the Post, I don't expect the Post to give Tech the same level of coverage they give Maryland or Georgetown as schools whose main campus is located here. I think it's shame that other local schools like George Mason, Howard and American don't get more coverage than they do. But ultimately the level of coverage comes down to what seems to bring in readers and pays the bills.

And by that token, those who say the Post shouldn't cover Tech or UVa because the main campuses aren't in the immediate area are ignoring the numbers and interest. Like it or not Northern Virginia is part of the metro area. Tech and UVa are the two main public Virginia universities as far as college sports and they're in the ACC with Maryland. They both have a satellite campuses in Falls Church. I don't know about UVa's alumni base location for sure, but Tech has it's largest alumni base in this area and a lot of kids from this area attend the school every year. That includes a decent number of alumni and students in Maryland and DC as well. There is a lot of interest in this area as evidenced by ratings for Tech games on TV and radio. If the ratings weren't there, you wouldn't have the two sports talk stations buying the rights to the Tech broadcasts. WTEM had the rights the last few years and this year the coverage is moving to WJFK. Virginia games rights are also purchased by stations in the area.

I understand that some people feel you have to draw the line and if you cover Tech because it's four hours away, then why not Penn State, West Virginia, Richmond, VCU or even schools like Ohio State or Michigan who have many alumni in the area. Certainly Penn State has a large alumni base in this area and like Tech has enough interest where they're also playing a game at Fed Ex either this year or next. But I guess maybe that hasn't shown the cost is justified to do more coverage.

Posted by: thrh1 | July 30, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

tech sucks, go hoos

Posted by: EdLeee | July 30, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm a UVa Alum and even I recognize that the Hokies in this area far outnumber the 'Hoos. Two hours closer or not, if UVa deserves a WaPo beat writer (and we do), clearly Tech does as well, if for no other reason than their fans are RABID and the school heavily recruits the DC Metro area.

Posted by: jburksva | July 30, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

People are definitely interested in this news. Do you have any idea how much time people spend reading sports news? Eventually we all realize that we like some writers' approaches better than others. Plus some of us are English majors and develop affection for (or scorn for) certain folks' writing styles.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | July 31, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I think El Bashir did a great job with the Caps Insider blog, but was not aggressive enough with management. Kind of the opposite of LaCanfora, who is a complete jerk. I hope this new woman finds a happy medium.

Posted by: poguesmahone | July 31, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Those two won an AWARD for that so-called "series" on Gary? Wow. Tells you something about the state of journalism these days. But then again, perhaps only two nominations were submitted.

Liz Clarke will be a most welcome change.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 31, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Guess that leaves you covering herding trials again hoss!

Posted by: sheepherder | July 31, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

El Bashir did a good job with the Capitals Insider but he was way too easy on management. And while I'm sure this new woman will be a good reporter, doesn't the beat for the number two team in town deserve the expenditure of a few more of the Post's resources than someone who is basically a trainee?

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 1, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

As far as Yanda is concerned, I'm sad to see him go from the Terps beat. I'm a longtime Terps fan and a Maryland alumnus, and I thought the three-part series on Gary was just great journalism.

Yanda has filled in on the Nats beat before in the past, and it's evident that the guy is one heck of a reporter. I hope to see some big things from him soon.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 1, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Times really are tough for the Post. You'd think such a well-known paper would allocate some resources to hire a seasoned, top-notch reporter to cover the most exciting team in town -- the Caps -- but instead is turning the beat over to this youngster Carrera who has very little experience and who the Post can spend relative pennies on salary-wise. Tarik did a good job, and I'm hoping Katie does well too -- and please don't become another Chico/Kilgore-style writer where you're constantly trying to show off your non-existent literary chops rather than giving us the news straight up about the Caps. Btw, Katie grew up a Pens fan so we'll see how that colors her reporting.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | August 1, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You mean, newspaper interns still actually get full-time jobs these days...?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 2, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Wow. You mean, newspaper interns still actually get full-time jobs these days...?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 2, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Two questions, who's going to cover High School Sports and would it be possible to at least get the football scores for Salisbury University put in the box with area schools. Understand, VT has a hugh alumni base in DC but the school is 300 miles away. Salisbury is not VT but we do have a large alumni base in the area and we're 100 miles away on the Eastern Shore. How about it!?

Posted by: MichaelSmith2 | August 2, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Two questions, who's going to cover High School Sports and would it be possible to at least get the football scores for Salisbury University put in the box with area schools. Understand, VT has a hugh alumni base in DC but the school is 300 miles away. Salisbury is not VT but we do have a large alumni base in the area and we're 100 miles away on the Eastern Shore. How about it!?

Posted by: MichaelSmith2 | August 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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