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Steve Cavendish, news editor of the Nashville Scene, has been named editor of Washington City Paper, interim publisher Eric Norwood announced to staff today.

Washington City Paper is a place with a tradition of journalistic excellence and rabble-rousing that I’m lucky to join,” Cavendish said via email. “I’m very excited to return to D.C., a city my wife and I love and have missed, and I look forward to working with the talented staff already there to put out one of the best alt-weeklies in the country. “

A 1993 graduate of Belmont University, Cavendish worked at the Washington Post from 1999 to 2002 as a news editor and sports designer. After stints at the St. Petersburg Times and Chicago Tribune, he became editor of Nashville City Paper in 2011. He joined the Nashville Scene and Nashville Post in 2013 after Nashville City Paper was shuttered.

“Steve Cavendish is one of the most talented editors I have ever worked with,” says Chris Ferrell, president of Southcomm, a Nashville-based company that owns both Washington City Paper and Nashville Scene. “Although I know readers in Nashville will miss his work, I can’t wait to see what he can do at the helm of the Washington City Paper.”

Cavendish will succeed former Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden, who left the paper in March to join the Post. He will begin in June.

Photo courtesy Steve Cavendish