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InsiderOnline Blog: October 2012

It’s Not Just Politicians Who Never Leave Washington

Most of the journalists who go to work in Washington, D.C., stay there for life, according to a groundbreaking 34-year study by Brookings Institution scholar Stephen Hess. Paul Bedard reports:

Called “lifers” in the new book “Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978-2012,” 69 percent of the reporters surveyed for the original book, “Washington Reporters,” are still in journalism, according to author Stephen Hess.

Hess, a long-time Brookings Institution scholar on politics and journalism, said that of those his team was able to track down, 11 percent left the business before reaching 15 years, 20 percent stayed in 15-29 years, and 69 percent remained in journalism, most in Washington, 30 to over 50 years. He was unable to locate about 10 percent of the original 450, and 87 had died. [Washington Examiner, October 3]

That might explain some things.

Posted on 10/05/12 10:34 AM by Alex Adrianson

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