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TNT guest columnist makes a national splash

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Oct. 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
October 11, 2010 4:34 pm

Walter Backstrom – one of our Monday guest columnists last year – had a big day today. He wound up finishing 16th in the first round of The Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.

This is a big deal. The Post solicits 400-word sample columns from the entire country; Washington Post editors then pick their favorites. Now regular readers get to vote here on the finalists; the winner gets a three-month contract to write a weekly Washington Post column.

As a black conservative, Backstrom offers an unusual take on social problems. His highly ranked sample is a condensed version of a column he wrote for us in September.

If you’re a fan, you may want to cast a vote to keep him in the running.

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