About The Washington Examiner

About The Washington Examiner

The Washington Examiner brings its readers the best in breaking news and analysis on politics. With in-depth news coverage, diligent investigative reporting and thoughtful commentary, we'll make sure you're always in the know about Washington's latest exploits.

The Washington Examiner is published by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media.


Stephen G. Smith


Stephen G. Smith, editor of The Washington Examiner since February 2007, is the only journalist to hold senior-level editing positions at all three major American news magazines. He was editor of U.S. News & World Report, executive editor of Newsweek and Nation editor of Time. He was also editor of National Journal, a weekly devoted to government and politics, and founding editor of Civilization, which in 1996 won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Smith also worked as Washington bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle, Washington news editor for Knight Ridder Newspapers and an editor and reporter for the Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Penn.

Jennifer Peebles

Managing Editor

Jennifer Peebles is the 2009 winner of the John Aubuchon Freedom of Information Award from Capitolbeat and the 2009 winner of the Open Doors Award given by the Fort Worth Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She previously served as government editor of The (Nashville) Tennessean newspaper, deputy editor of the news website Texas Watchdog and data editor for The Washington Examiner. She is the former president of the Middle Tennessee and Houston professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and former chairman of its committee on digital media.

MediaDC - Advertising

Joe Guerriero

Chief Revenue Officer

With more than 20 years of success launching innovative multimedia solutions that drive profitable and sustainable revenue growth, Joe Guerriero began his media career in advertising sales for one of the world’s largest scientific and medical publishers, Pergamon Press (now Elsevier B.V.). His career experience includes senior roles in multimedia revenue generation and brand marketing for organizations such as Crain Communications, HealthLeaders, Billboard and Success Media. He joins MediaDC from Eagle Publishing, where he architected the highly successful revenue strategy of one of the nation’s most influential right-of-center websites, RedState.

Nick Swezey

VP, Advertising

A former publishing entrepreneur, Nick Swezey has more than two decades of media and marketing experience in Washington, D.C., with 14 years’ experience at The Weekly Standard. He manages a talented team of professionals and oversees strategic partnerships, corporate and advocacy sales initiatives, events and advertising revenue for all MediaDC brands. A native Washingtonian, Swezey graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and appeared on the “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions" in 2007.

MediaDC - Corporate

Lou Ann Sabatier

Chief Executive Officer

Lou Ann Sabatier has 30 years of experience in publishing. She has been the managing director for an international economic magazine and associate publisher for a national political opinion magazine. For more than 10 years, she also served as a literary agent, packaging and selling non-fiction works on politics, economics and cultural criticism. For the past 16 years Sabatier was principal of Sabatier Consulting, where she led teams consulting with consumer, business, non-profit, associations and corporations in the U.S. and worldwide. Former clients include a list as diverse as World Vision/Save the Children, the International Monetary Fund, the OECD, the Federal Reserve Bank, National Geographic, American Marketing Association, the U.S. Marines and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Stephen R. Sparks

Chief Operating Officer

With Clarity Media Group since its inception in 2004, Steve Sparks is a newspaper industry veteran, having started with Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc. as director of auditing in 1979. Prior to that he was a CPA in the Miami office of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. His career has included work in the financial, distribution, news, advertising and digital disciplines, and has included assignments at the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Philadephila Inquirer, The Seattle Times, The Denver Post and the San Francisco Examiner. Since 2012 he has had broad operational responsibilities at The Washington Examiner.