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Posted at 3:32 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Jason Reid to become Post sports columnist

By Cindy Boren

Jason Reid, who's covered the Redskins for four years, will begin writing a general sports column soon.

Here's the announcement from sports editor Matt Vita:

I am very happy to announce that Jason Reid will become a columnist for Sports. Jason is one of the most hard-working, conscientious and thoughtful sports writers in the country who has covered the NBA (Clippers), MLB (Dodgers) and NFL (Redskins). In his four years at the Post, Jason has become the dominant beat writer on the Redskins with impeccable sources in the locker room, front office, among player agents and around the league. His tireless work leading the Redskins Insider has helped grow the audience for the blog in each of the last three seasons. This past year, Jason demonstrated his considerable skills as an analyst and observer in writing weekly On Football columns that routinely were among the most widely read Redskins stories on the website. I 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.

(Personal note: I was J's editor for the bulk of his years on the Redskins beat and he's the most dogged, smart, conscientious reporter I know. He's gonna be a great columnist.)

By Cindy Boren  | January 12, 2011; 3:32 PM ET
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I hope you get a nice raise.

Posted by: nativedc | January 12, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

That's great, Cindy, but please, someone free Michael Lee!

That poor guy has to cover a misnamed, poorly run team with maybe 8 hardcore fans. It must make for great drama (and a steady paycheck,) but he deserves more.

Posted by: MikeNelmsReturns | January 12, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Columns for everybody! :)
Seriously, I have not been Michael Lee's day-to-day editor, but he does a terrific job and I hope he gets a column from us one day, too. Great reporter and writer...outstanding with the tweets, too.
And, he's from Kansas City. What's not to love with MrMichaelLee?

Posted by: Cindy Boren | January 12, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This is awesome news! Congratulations to J-Reid!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 12, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Well deserved, that's great. Doesn't get much better then that in journalism. Congrats, big guy!

Posted by: matthewrayman | January 12, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this just semantics? Jason Reid has been inserting his own opinions into his hard news stories ever since Jason La Canfora left. I like Reid, but let's not pretend he has been an impartial, objective reporter who only reports the facts (as beat reporters USED to be). Congrats on the new title though, Jason.

As for the person who asked for Michael Lee to get a promotion: wow. Michael Lee is barely literate much less one of the better writers at the Post. Reid is a fine writer, but Lee? You must not read his work very often. He often writes at a grade school level.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Also, Reid has come a long way from his early days on the Skins beat. I remember his first CSN appearances, he was an absolute nervous wreck. No he's much more relaxed and, yes, opinionated.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"That's great, Cindy, but please, someone free Michael Lee!"

Gotta agree with this statement. If anyone deserves more from the WP it's Mike Lee. I think he typifies what a sports "columnist" should be. If Bozo's post above me disagree's then you know there's credability to that endorsement.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 12, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Great for Jason. Has anyone noticed that there is rarely a column to read in the Post sports pages when there used to be many? There wasn't any in today's paper, not uncommon anymore. What's happened to the Post Sports section?

Posted by: joba1 | January 12, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean we get a new redskins reporter? Please oh please....

Posted by: paperwc | January 12, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Jason Reid. I'm looking forward to your first column.

Posted by: prestoj | January 12, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me. This kid is horrible. I don't mena anything personal, I'm sure he's a nice person but as a journalist he has zero instincts. None.

Posted by: themantoyou | January 12, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Cut and paste might work in an online blog, but as a beat writer? JR will have to buckle down and do some actual reporting now.

Posted by: unquiltom | January 12, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

so much for that columnist with a background in hockey?

oh well. here's to another 20 years of the Redskins stinking ---

and the WaPo fawning all over them anyway......

Posted by: CF11555 | January 12, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

He's been writing columns thinly veiled as reporting for the last couple of years. He wasn't much of a reporter. He won't be much of a columnist.

He's a hack, plain and simple.

Posted by: PS7900 | January 12, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Jason's tiresome rants about #92/Hayworth in his recent body of work got to the point when he appeared to overplay the story. I stopped reading his comments--it became boring and so what. I will say he has his work cut out contrary to what the sports editor writes. He has a long way to go to be in the same class as Wilbon--Boz.--Shirley Povich--Morrie Segal--et all. The Poster who asked "what happened to the sports section" this poster is spot on. The sports section is bad--bad--bad!!! It can't compare to the Wilbon -- Tony K et al it is shamefull what has become of--in my opinion-- BORING---no in depth reporting on LOCAL--D.C.-MD.--Northen VA. I am sorry--with respect-- of reading long stories about VaTech Univ. and very spotty coverage of U of MD. There is way too many box scores around the country and in some instances when no box scores FOR LOCAL Teams--in some instances no coverage at all. They need a new sports editor badly. What a freakin shame that this great newspaper has fallen so far!!!!


Posted by: vergens2 | January 12, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Lest you think the Post has lost its cache in the internet age, this was brought up at a poker game not long after Wilbon's announcement.

Certain folks had hopes for guys like Sheinin and El-Bashir, and others wanted guys who are already doing the job they are perfectly suited for (Steinberg, Svrluga).

Will be very interested to see Reid branch out and blossom.

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | January 12, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Great, another one trick pony who is going to cram the Redskins down our throat at the expense of Caps, Wiz, Nats, college sports, etc. No wonder the Post is slowly fading into oblivion..............

Posted by: poguesmahone | January 12, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Happy for JReid, but I thought Michael Lee or Barry Svrluga should have gotten first crack at it.

Posted by: drischord | January 12, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This is not a knock on JReid, but I can't believe you guys didn't elevate Svrluga. He's more than paid his dues and is an incredible writer. What gives?

Posted by: rucks35 | January 12, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

So Jason Reid goes from copypastaing info from other reporters to getting his own column. Only in America. REAL reporters like Svrluga, Sheinin, and El-Bashir get shafted because they did not have a thing for Haynesworth. Sad.

Posted by: mafafu | January 12, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who spends the whole season attacking Albert Haynesworth, even when he is gone, gets my vote for promotion! I hope there's a no-dead-equine clause in Reid's contract though.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 12, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Jason Reid. He can't be any worse than Tracee Hamilton right?

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | January 13, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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