Pater Wallsten, a star in the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau that became the Tribune chain's bureau, has jumped to the Wall Street Journal. He will cover national politics, "an assignment and an opportunity that I’m very excited about," Wallsten told Politico's Michael Calderone. He has nothing bad to say about the L.A. Times, which I'm told tried hard to keep him, but he says, "this will be a cool new challenge for me." Another ex-LAT Washington reporter, Peter Spiegel, is already at the Journal in Washington, though the New York Times bureau (under former L.A. Times editor Dean Baquet) still has the most LAT refugees in D.C.
And in L.A.: Longtime LAT Magazine style editor Barbara Thornburg, who has been in Home since the original magazine was killed last year, exits Friday after 20 years at the paper. "I will continue to write about design and architecture in the future," she tells me. "It's what I know and what I love."