The Washington Post, in a significant retrenchment, is closing its remaining domestic bureaus around the country.
The six correspondents who work in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago will be offered reassignments in Washington, while three news assistants will be let go.
The money-saving move, coming on the heels of four rounds of early-retirement buyouts and the closing or merging of several sections, is the clearest sign yet of the newspaper's shrinking horizons in an era of diminished resources.
"The fact is we can effectively cover the rest of the country from Washington," Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said Tuesday from New York, where he was delivering the news in person to the Post bureau there. "We have for years been able to cover issues around the country for our readers with a corps of traveling reporters. It's more possible than it's ever been to cover the issues that matter to our readers from a Washington perspective."