DCist returns Monday under new owner WAMU

DCist is back.

The hyper-local website shuttered abruptly last November by its billionaire former owner, and then acquired by public radio station WAMU in February, was to be relaunched Monday morning. The site is now live, with its familiar morning roundup.

WAMU has rehired many of DCist’s former editors and writers. The team has moved into office space in Van Ness and is in the final 11 days of a Kickstarter campaign that has raised $62,234 from 1,045 backers.

“We don’t work in a glorified closet anymore,” returning Editor-in-Chief Rachel Sadon told WAMU for a story posted Monday.

Kickstarter rewards include a very WAMU-ish DCist tote for $75, limited edition roast Lost Sock Coffee Roaster for $200, a night on the town at The Hamilton for $200, or a personalized Kojo Nnamdi voicemail for $600.

Former owner Joe Ricketts shuttered DNAinfo, DCist, Gothamist and sister sites in Chicago and Los Angeles on Nov. 2. A week earlier, the newsrooms at Gothamist and DNAinfo, both in…

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