The Washington Post’s “Federal Diary” Column Celebrates 80th Anniversary

November 29, 2012

Today marks the 80th Anniversary of The Washington Post’s “Federal Diary” column, one of the longest-running features in The Washington Post. Since debuting 80 years ago, the column has become a must-read for the federal workforce. 

"Since 1932, the mission of The Federal Diary has been to be the authoritative source for news and analysis on the  federal workforce. This milestone signifies that continued commitment. From the first byline, George D. Riley, to our current Diarist, Joe Davidson -- the columnists have strived to tell the full stories of the lives of those who make the government run, from the personal triumphs and outsized dedication, to their sometimes missteps and scandal, and the politics that are a constant swirl,” said Marcia Davis, National Deputy Editor for Federal News of The Washington Post. 

The Federal Diary has come a long way since first appearing in The Post on November 29, 1932. When the feature debuted as “the brand new column on the activities and interests of the government workers,” it was written by George D. Riley. Today, Joe Davidson writes the column, covering everything from the politics of federal employee issues and the role of the federal workforce to federal pay and benefits. Previous columnists have included Stephen Barr, Mike Causey and Al Friendly.  

Beginning December 4 and for the following two weeks, The Federal Diary will showcase a column from each decade.  

For The Washington Post’s comprehensive federal government coverage including The Federal Diary, In the Loop and The Federal Eye blog, visit The Fed Page.

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