Claudia Townsend joined the Washington Post from the Washington Star in 1981.
She started as an editor on Metro, and served as city editor, metropolitan editor and deputy metropolitan editor. She joined The Post’s Editorial Board in 2000, then returned to the newsroom as Financial’s day editor in late 2002.
After that she worked as director of newsroom operations and, most recently, on the National desk. I’m told that she’s leaving the business. I’ve invited her to comment (Check your WaPo email, Claudia.)
The memo is after the jump.
From: Kevin Merida/news/TWP
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Date: 05/01/2012 03:57 PM
Subject: Claudia Townsend leaving
STAFF NEWS: A SALUTE TO CLAUDIA TOWNSEND
Last summer, we thought we had hit the mega-millions jackpot landing Claudia Townsend to lead our Health, Science and Environment team. So it saddens us that Claudia has decided to leave The Post, where she has been a member of our family for three decades.
We will miss her very much. Few journalists are as broadly skilled, as disciplined, as calm, as soothing as Claudia.
Said Deputy Managing Editor Shirley Carswell, one of Claudia’s former supervisors: “She is one of the most versatile journalists in the newsroom, with a disposition that seems to fit whatever job she is in.”
Claudia came to The Post in 1981 from The Washington Star, where she had been assistant national editor. She started as an editor on Metro, and served as city editor, metropolitan editor and deputy metropolitan editor. She joined The Post’s Editorial Board in 2000, then returned to the newsroom as Financial’s day editor in late 2002.
For six years, Claudia was director of newsroom operations, supervising our IT and research staffs and assisting with newsroom administration. She was instrumental in the newsroom moves during the 5th floor renovation in 2009-2010. And she patiently helped many a colleague through the transition to Methode.
Since joining the National staff last August, Claudia has been smart, fierce and resourceful in directing our health, science and environmental coverage. She has developed a loyal following among her reporters in just a short time, and all of us will be piling on the tributes until she departs.