Washington Examiner announces plan to expand nationally

The parent company of the Washington Examiner is relaunching the conservative weekly magazine with a broader national distribution.

"Currently available only to lawmakers, decision-makers, and others involved in D.C.’s political process, the expanded publication will launch on Jan. 1 with new life and culture content and a nationwide subscriber footprint," Clarity Media Group, which owns the Examiner and The Weekly Standard, said in public release on Monday.

The expanded magazine will publish 44 issues per year.

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“Over the years, we’ve frequently been asked if individuals outside of the Beltway could subscribe to the publication,” Ryan McKibben, president and CEO of Clarity Media, said in the release. “With this expansion and relaunch, our aim is for the new, national Washington Examiner to build on its position as a leader in providing a conservative perspective on the events of the day.”

The new sections will include "Your Land," with stories "about the evolving social culture and mores of America." It will also include "Life & Arts," which will feature columns "by people in varied walks of life" about "outdoor life, life in uniform" and traveling life. The relaunched publication will also offer a personal finance column in its business section, a crossword and a regular obituary column.

“Our readers have always turned to us for the best in breaking news and in-depth analysis on policy and politics,” said editorial director Hugo Gurdon. “The new Washington Examiner will include all of the news, analysis, and commentary that readers have come to expect for nearly 13 years, but now it will also include a great many regular new features that appeal to a more diverse array of readers across the U.S.”

The Examiner has undergone changes before, most notably in June 2013 when it ended publication as a daily print paper, dropping its coverage of local Washington news and relaunching as a weekly magazine focused on national politics. The shakeup resulted in the layoffs of nearly 90 employees.