NBC D.C. assignment editor readying for retirement

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David Foreman, an assignment editor in NBC News’ Washington, D.C. bureau, is set to retire after two decades with the network — and with that, he’ll also end a longstanding tradition.

Foreman’s last day will be Friday, June 18, 2021.

Every night at 6:30 p.m. eastern, Foreman announces that “NBC Nightly News” is starting, which signals the end of the workday for much of the newsroom.

The NBC News Washington bureau is one of the network’s largest and busiest news hubs, coordinating key coverage from the White House, Capitol Hill and other locales inside the Beltway and it’s rare when “Nightly” doesn’t include a package or live hit from someone who works out of the bureau or one of the tiny satellite workspaces inside the halls of government around town.

In September 2020, NBC moved the network bureau from inside WRC, its local owned station, to a prime spot near Capitol Hill.

The move followed a 2019 electrical fire in the same building the bureau now occupies that heavily damaged many of the network’s studios.

NBC had long rented space in the upper floors of the North Capitol Street building with sweeping views of the Capitol, but expanded it to include a ground floor studio and newsroom for “Meet the Press” and the bureau newsroom upstairs as well as expanded studio space.