Morning Read: Washington Examiner to End Local Coverage, Daily Edition

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The Washington Examiner announced Tuesday that it would cease its daily print publication in June to become a website and weekly magazine focusing on national politics.

The paper will eliminate its local coverage of the D.C. area, as well as its entertainment and sports sections. In all, this will translate to 87 people getting laid off across the board, with an eventual 20 new hires to help with the weekly magazine.

The last daily print edition will be published June 14. The first issue of the weekly is expected June 20.

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In a letter to staffers, Ryan McKibbin -- president of Denver-based Clarity Media Group Inc, the company that owns the Examiner as well as publications like The Weekly Standard -- wrote that the new print publication will be “delivered to 45,000 key influencers throughout Washington D.C. and to legislative and executive offices in state capitals across the nation.”

Read his full memo to Examiner staffers over at City Paper.

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