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Let’s just change the name of ESPN’s The Undefeated to Washington Post North.
When Kevin Merida left his managing editor position at the Post to run ESPN’s offshoot—rescuing it from a perpetual state of limbo when Jason Whitlock was in charge—you knew that the run on current and former staffers would begin. Today’s departure? Sports staffer Clinton Yates.
Via a staff memo:
I am very sorry to announce the Clinton Yates will be leaving The Post to join ESPN’s new website, The Undefeated. For the past eight months, Clinton has worked in Sports, where he teamed up with Scott Allen and Dan Steinberg on the DC Sports Bog and produced what I believe has been some of his best writing during his time at The Post. Clinton has a great love for sports and a passion for our city, and that coupled with his keen intelligence and willingness to think creatively made it a very good fit.
Clinton started at Express in 2007 as local news editor and between 2010 and 2014 wrote a newsletter called Lunchline, a period during which he also began writing columns for The Root DC. In 2014 he moved to Local and then last May came to Sports.
Clinton wants it to be known that while he’s leaving The Post, he’s not leaving The Post softball team. His last day is Friday, and we’ll plan on feting him Thursday at 5 p.m. at Maddy’s. Please join us.
Yates joins former Post-ies Michael Fletcher, Steve Reiss (who was at Crain’s in Chicago), Soraya Nadia McDonald, Jason Reid, and Mike Wise at the project.
His last official act appears to be this chat on the Post‘s site, scheduled for Wednesday.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery