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City Paper hires new Loose Lips columnist

Turns out I am not irreplaceable after all: Washington City Paper has hired a new Loose Lips columnist, selecting Washington Examiner reporter Alan Suderman to write the most fabulous column about city politics that does not appear in the Washington Post.

Suderman, 30, becomes the seventh Loose Lips -- following Ken Cummins (the original and longest-running LL), Erik Wemple, Jonetta Rose Barras, Elissa Silverman, James Jones, and yours truly in tending the 27-year-old local media institution.

Besides covering Wilson Building matters for the past month or so, Suderman covered Montgomery County politics for the Examiner. Before that, he spent a year at the Juneau Empire in Alaska, where he covered, among other things, Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

I asked Suderman which D.C. politico reminded him most of Palin. He didn't bite. "I'm not going anywhere near that," he said.

Replacing Suderman on the city hall beat for Examiner is Freeman Klopott, 28, the paper's crack crime-and-courts reporter. Both will be charged with covering a monumentally exciting 2010 election season.

A wee caveat for all you potential sources: Neither Suderman nor Klopott, 28, are District residents!

Klopott says he and his wife recently bought a condo in Alexandria. And Suderman says he "recently emigrated to Rockville" from Capitol Hill.

"I have a good excuse," he says. "I did it for my wife's commute. Also, we have a dog that needed a yard."

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 2, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  The District  
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When does the LL start?

Posted by: fivetogo | July 6, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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