Washington Examiner editor-in-chief Stephen Smith is indeed making his exit. As reported by Washington City Paper this week, he has resigned to let Editorial Director Hugo Gurdon “put his own stamp” on the publication.
Just moments ago I received an email from him that states: “As of the close of business tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014), I will no longer be using the Washington Examiner email address or the work phone listed below.”
His official last day is supposed to be Sept. 5.
As many know, Gurdon, The Hill‘s departing editor-in-chief, recently assumed the position of Editorial Director at The Washington Examiner. Smith was supposed to report to him and remain editor-in-chief of the magazine.
In June of 2013, the Examiner underwent a huge overhaul as the publication became a political magazine and 87 employees lost their jobs.
UPDATE: Smith told The Mirror, “I’ve been here 7.5 years, reinvented the newspaper several times and presided over the ‘pivot’ to the magazine and our new website. It’s time for a new adventure.”