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In the year since we purchased Washington City Paper, you have inspired us with your encouragement and passion for the paper as we brought it under local control. Our first priority was to start building a stronger business that can better tell the local stories of this city.
With your support, we are off to a good start. You have seen us re-energized, engaging with the community like never before. We added a sports beat covering some incredible stories that moved and unified our city, hosted a panel attended by hundreds on the widely contested Initiative 77, and solidified ownership of the city’s beloved Peeps diorama competition. Our writers have led the local conversation on the battle over the tipped minimum wage, a charter school consulting company raking in millions, the reality of childbirth and pregnancy in D.C., and the reality of being a black reporter. We offered a comprehensive local election guide, and are currently making daily updates on a D.C. guide to the federal government shutdown. The past year has truly been focused on building a strong foundation for the next phase.
In looking to the future of City Paper, I knew that we needed someone in a leadership position with D.C. roots who also understands the unique challenges facing our community and the news industry. As the home of the federal government, we not only have an opportunity—but an obligation—to connect the local businesses and national brands doing business in our backyard with the people of D.C. through the paper and our signature events—Best of D.C. and Crafty Bastards. We needed someone who not only has a deep understanding of brand strategy, but who also loves the D.C. area as much as we do.
That’s why I am thrilled to announce that we have brought Katy McKegney to Washington City Paper as our publisher. Katy will oversee the publication’s sales, sponsorship programs, strategic partnerships, and events. She brings a dozen years of experience in the Washington, D.C. market to the role; most recently she served as advertising director at The Hill since 2014.
Katy will help us build upon our deep legacy and the past year’s successes, and will strengthen the relationships that the paper has forged throughout the city. She understands the power of media, and how digital, print, and events work together to elevate stories in a way that makes for more compelling and authentic content for both readers and newsmakers. And, most importantly, Katy shares our belief that responsible, high-quality journalism—particularly at the local level—is a hallmark of thriving communities.
You have encouraged us to build the strongest source of local news for our D.C. community, and, with your continued support and our continued investment, together we will give Washington City Paper the solid foundation it needs for long-term growth, positioning us to lead the way as a model for self-sustaining local journalism around the country.
Thank you for continuing to take this journey with us.