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Why I Wanted to Demote Myself to Education Reporter

Columnist Jay Matthews has a personal back-to-school story.

“This is the 20th anniversary of the moment I asked Washington Post assistant managing editor Jo-Ann Armao to demote me at age 51 from Wall Street correspondent to reporting on Washington area schools as I had done when I joined the paper at age 26.

“It was assumed that aging reporters like me who had covered foreign, national and business news in cities around the world did not return to the local staff unless we had done something wrong.”