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Monday, December 01, 2008

Political reporter David Weigel leaves reason magazine

Weigel One of the freedom movement's best journals is reason magazine, enhanced in recent years by a crack political reporter named David Weigel. reason colleague Mike Riggs writes in the Washington City Paper blog: "Wiegel is not only a great political journalist, but also a breathing, fidgeting, iPhone-checking encyclopedia of political trivia. Other people can do strange things with ping-pong balls, but Weigel rocks the party by reciting electoral-vote margins from the last eight presidential elections."

After 2 years of great work reporting on the Libertarian Party and the wider freedom movement, including a number of cover stories, Weigel will be leaving reason for other pursuits. He writes on his blog:

[A]t the start of December I am leaving reason magazine, my journalistic home since April 2006. You could not concoct a better 30 months to be the political reporter for America’s flagship libertarian journal. I was there when the Republican party hit the rocks in 2006 (and I’m afraid I helped cost Jeff Flake his committee seat). I covered the Ron Paul r3VOLution from start to… well, is it finished yet? I was there when Bob Barr joined the Libertarian Party, there when he became its presidential candidate, and there when he ended his campaign by blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. It’s an amicable parting. Starting last week, I’ve been writing at The Economist’s Democracy in America blog. There are three Word files with freelance stories open in front of me, and there are e-mails about additional reporting gigs in my mailbox.

Previously on the Shotgun: Western Standard editor in chief Peter Jaworski celebrates 40 years of reason magazine, Weigel writes about the failure of conservative Republicans to oppose the bailout and I take issue with one of Weigel's complaints against Ron Paul.

(h/t Third Party Watch)

Posted by Kalim Kassam on December 1, 2008 in Libertarianism | Permalink

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