Washington Post’s Wilbon leaves paper

Michael Calderone
November 18, 2010
Mike Wilbon
Mike Wilbon

Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon is leaving the paper after 32 years.

"The ESPN/ABC rocket ship that Michael Wilbon has been riding the past several years has finally left our orbit," Post editors wrote Thursday in a memo obtained by The Cutline. "Wilbon will soon be leaving the Post — a place he has called home for nearly 32 years — as he takes on an even greater role for his networks and their parent company, Disney."

Wilbon has had double duties now for several years, working both as a Post columnist and an ESPN analyst and co-host of "Pardon the Interruption."

The Post memo noted that Wilbon, who started as an intern in 1979, "went on to amass 5,982 bylines in Sports…34 bylines on A1, 7 bylines in Metro, 3 in Style, 2 in Business, 2 in the Magazine and 1 in Outlook."

"We'll make him earn a few more bylines before the end of the year," the editors wrote.