Washington Post staffers say higher education reporter Daniel de Vise has been MIA since the Texas Observer reported in late July that he shared at least two drafts of a story with PR people at the University of Texas at Austin and let them suggest edits.
“Rumors swirl,” one Post staffer tells me. Another says: “Hearing he’s on book leave. Also hearing that he’s not coming back and that he received a lovely parting gift (half-year salary?).” (De Vise hasn’t tweeted since July 31.)
Eyebrows were raised on Tuesday when it was announced that Nick Anderson is moving from education editor to the higher education beat and the memo — posted after the jump — made no mention of de Vise.
I’ve sent emails to the Post and de Vise asking for comment.
UPDATE: “Dan is on leave to work on his book,” says Post spokesperson Kris Coratti.
Read the Post memo after the jump.
Washington Post memo from Tuesday, Sept. 4
With a new school year upon us, we’d like to announce the following changes on Local’s education team:
Nick Anderson moves from education editor to join Jenna Johnson on the higher education beat at a critical moment for the nation’s colleges and universities. Nick has led the ed team with distinction, devotion and enthusiasm for the past 15 months. But for someone who has spent most of his career as an education writer focusing on primary education, Nick was drawn to the challenge of covering higher education. He will assume his new duties immediately, and Josh White will serve as interim editor until a new education editor is named.
Susan Svrluga moves from her assignment as a roving Virginia reporter to the regional Virginia education beat with responsibility for covering schools in Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington and Alexandria. Susan, who has extensive experience covering education at newspapers in New York and North Carolina, will immediately assume her new duties and remain on the beat until Michael Alison Chandler returns from maternity leave in early 2013.
Donna St. George will team up with Lynh Bui, our newest Washington Post-American University fellow, to cover Montgomery County Schools. Donna will also continue with her enterprise focus. Lynh joins us after seven years at The Arizona Republic, where she covered city hall.
Emma Brown moves to D.C. schools from the Fairfax schools beat, where she distinguished herself last school year in her ed team debut. Emma is a former middle school teacher who was a 2009 intern. Her first full-time Post assignment was on the obit desk.
Taylor Shapiro follows the trail blazed by Emma and moves from the obit desk to replace her on the Fairfax school beat. Taylor, the son of former Post sports writer Len Shapiro, began as an intern and has spent two outstanding years as an obit writer, during which he helped us out by parachuting into a number of key breaking news stories.
September 4, 2012