James Grimaldi takes Washington Post buyout

Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter James Grimaldi tells Romenesko readers:

After 12 exciting, rewarding, fascinating years at The Washington Post, I am accepting the Post’s buyout offer.

I have decided to join The Wall Street Journal as a Senior Writer. After considering multiple offers, I’m very excited about joining a newspaper with a long and impressive tradition of original and groundbreaking investigative reporting.

With his departure, the Post has lost all three reporters who won its Pulitzer in 2006 for coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal. (R. Jeffrey Smith is at the Center for Public Integrity, and Susan Schmidt took the Post’s buyout in 2008, joined the Wall Street Journal, then started her own company.)

Grimaldi worked at the Seattle Times before joining the Post. He’s also done reporting for the Orange County Register and the old San Diego Tribune.