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Word of Solomon Returns to Washington Times

By T.C. Cameron

John Solomon is returning to the Washington Times as editor and vice president for content and business development, four years after he was fired as executive editor.

As part of Solomon’s return, the Times acquired the Washington Guardian, an investigative news site that Solomon helped co-found in 2012. Solomon’s appointment follows the resignation last week by David Jackson, who previously fulfilled the same role.

Times CEO Larry Beasley announced Solomon’s return July 8. He joins chief operating officer John Martin, chief financial officer Keith Cooperrider and Director of Human Resources Loveia Johnson as the paper’s executive team which reports directly to Beasley.

In Solomon’s previous stint at the Times, the newspaper won the Society of Professional Journalists’ highest national award for investigative reporting, the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy journalism award, and finished as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for photography.

Solomon, 46, last worked formally for the Times in 2009, but served as a consultant to the Times this past fall. The Times’ story credited Solomon for helping craft digital strategies to expand Web traffic, growing the company’s list of email followers and creating new products and partnerships which will be unveiled in the next two quarters. In March, Solomon helped reorganized the company’s advertising and sales team, and revenues have reportedly doubled over the past three months.

Beasley also disclosed the creation of a new subscription-only national edition targeted for tablets, cellphones and other mobile devices this summer.

The Times has launched new advertising products in recent weeks, including email marketing solutions for local and national advertisers, new tablet and mobile ads, grass-roots engagement tools and a new print solution for front-page print advertising.

In acquiring the Guardian, the Times touted the site’s stories about the al Qaeda attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya and its weekly Golden Hammer award, which highlights wasteful spending in government. Jim Williams and Brad Kalbfeld, both former editors at The Associated Press, are listed as Guardian co-founders.

—Content from reports by the Washington Times and Jim Romenesko were used in compiling this report.

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