Washington Post stars on the way out

The Washington Post newsroom is bracing for the loss of some big names.

The Washington Post newsroom is bracing for the loss of some big names. David Broder, 78, a 40-year veteran of the Post, has reportedly accepted a buyout. He'll remain at the newspaper as a contract employee, focusing on his column, starting Jan. 1. Meanwhile, Tony Kornheiser, best known for his television work on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption and Monday Night Football, has also reportedly taken a buyout after a 29-year career there. Speculation abounds that executive editor Len Downie is mulling a buyout as well.

In other desk-clearing news, George de Lama, Chicago Tribune managing editor for news, is leaving the newspaper after 30 years, and International Herald Tribune editor Michael Oreskes is moving to the Associated Press to become managing editor for US news.

Also in the media glare:

The Boston Herald apologizes to the New England Patriots for a pre-Super Bowl story alleging a 2002 taping incident, thereby defusing the threat of a lawsuit. Even so, editor Kevin Convey is sticking by reporter John Tomase.

Robert Novak celebrates 45 years as a columnist.

Investor offers Journal Register Co. a $25 million infusion.

McClatchy is reportedly open to selling some of newspaper interests, including its share of the Seattle Times.

SportsCenter will go live during the day.

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