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Spicer Named WH Press Secretary - 12/22 - Sean Spicer, a top surrogate for Donald Trump's presidential campaign who's now a senior communications adviser for his transition, has been named White House press secretary. Spicer, who had been Republican National Committee communications director since 2011 and the party's chief strategist since 2015, was a forceful defender of Trump in the media. More at huffingtonpost.com.....

Robin Gradison To NBC News - 12/21 - Robin Gradison becomes deputy chief of NBC's Washington news bureau. She'd spent the past two decades in Washington at ABC News, as a producer for "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," and at NPR, as a producer for "Morning Edition".....

Trump Does News Deal With Sinclair - 12/17 - From Politico: Donald Trump's campaign struck a deal with Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage, his son-in-law Jared Kushner told business executives Friday in Manhattan. Kushner said the agreement with Sinclair, which owns television stations across the country in many swing states - including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF - and often packages news for their affiliates to run, gave them more access to Trump and the campaign, according to six people who heard his remarks.....

FCC Head Tom Wheeler To Resign - 12/16 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, says he will leave the agency January 20, ending months of will-he or won't-he speculation about his plans. According to Politico, his departure means the FCC will start the Trump administration with a 2-1 Republican majority, allowing the GOP to immediately begin dismantling Obama-era regulations. While it is customary for FCC chairmen to resign at the start of a new administration, Wheeler had for months refused to publicly commit to stepping down when Obama leaves office. While he repeatedly said he would ensure a smooth transition, Republican lawmakers seized on the issue to hold up the confirmation of his fellow FCC Democrat, Jessica Rosenworcel - a move Senate Democrats said violated a deal made with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a year before. The Senate did not approve Rosenworcel for a new term before it left town for recess last week, and she will have to leave the commission by January 3.....

MAL's McFarland To NSC - 12/12 - KT McFarland, who has been a foreign policy analyst on DC news talker WMAL and on Fox News, has been selected for a top job at the National Security Council even though she's been out of government for three decades. So reports Politico.....

Trump Could Reshape VOA - 12/12 - Politico reports that President-elect Donald Trump is about to inherit a newly empowered Voice Of America that some officials fear could serve as an unfettered propaganda arm for the former reality TV star who has flirted for years with launching his own network. Buried in the National Defense Authorization Act that passed last week is a provision that would disband the bipartisan board of the Broadcasting Board Of Governors, the independent US agency that includes Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks. The move, pushed by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce as a way to streamline the agency, concentrates control into a powerful CEO who is appointed by the president.....

Cavender To Leave RTDNA - 12/1 - Executive Director Mike Cavender tells the DC-based Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation that he will retire at the end of 2017. "In the meantime, Cavender will continue to spearhead the association's ongoing efforts to protect the rights of electronic journalists through the many programs and issues in which the association and foundation are actively involved," according to an announcement at rtdna.org.....

Politico Founders Start Axios - 11/30 - Mike Allen and Jum Vandehei, founders of DC-based Politico, talk about plans for their new venture, Axios, which will include a newsletter that "cuts across our topic areas." At vanityfair.com.....

Changes For Examiner's Carney, Freddoso - 11/29 - The Washington Examiner moves Tim Carney into a new role as commentary editor. He's been senior political columnist. He will be switching places with current commentary editor David Freddoso, who will focus on writing as senior columnist. Freddoso will write daily for the Beltway Confidential blog.....

Bloomberg To End Politics Show - 11/18 - With the election now in the rearview mirror, Bloomberg has decided to terminate its daily politics show "With All Due Respect" hosted by the political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and refocus its Bloomberg Politics team, according to the New York Times. "In the coming weeks, as Washington transitions from the Obama administration to the incoming Trump administration, our Bloomberg Politics team will transition as well - shifting our focus to the impact of politics and policy on the business and financial world," John Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg, and Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, said in a staff memo. "Will All Due Respect," which began in October 2014 and was broadcast on Bloomberg TV at 5 PM and MSNBC at 6 PM, will run daily until December 2, after which there will be four hourlong specials setting up the presidency of Donald Trump. The show will end with coverage of Trump's inauguration on January 20.....

Changes For BuzzFeed DC - 11/16 - BuzzFeed is making changes in its DC bureau, naming Adrian Carrasquillo White House reporter, Kate Nocera DC bureau chief, and having John Stanton move to a new role as senior national correspondent. Stanton helped launch BuzzFeed's DC bureau in 2012, and had been bureau chief ever since. More at politico.com.....

Johnson & Palmeri To Politico - 11/14 - Come November 22, Eliana Johnson joins Politico as a national political reporter focused on the Republican Party. She comes from National Review where she oversaw its political coverage. Also joining Politico, Tara Palmeri will cover the White House. Over the years, she's worked for the Washington Examiner, CNN, and CNBC. Palmeri starts on November 28.....

Politico Web Traffic Soars - 11/2 - With one week to go before the polls close on one of the craziest election cycles in recent memory, political news website Politico today announced a record October for the Arlington-based company, with more than 34 million unique visitors to politico.com and 234 million page views. This historic October marks an increase of more than 25 million unique visitors per month from the start of the presidential campaign, and an increase of 10 million unique visitors from our already record high 2016 numbers, according to a Politico release.....

Politico Founders To Launch News Service - 9/7 - The Wall Street Journal reports on Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen's new media outlet: The soon-to-launch company secured about $10 million in financing. NBC News is also backing the venture and will serve as its media partner. The new company is slated to launch in early 2017 and will focus on areas such as tech, health care and business news, and will also include some political and media coverage. The business model will likely have some similarities to the Politico Pro subscription model. VandeHei said subscription pricing will be premium and can be tailored for customers. He noted that there will be a tier of content available for free. VandeHei has hired 17 staffers and aims to have between 50 and 60 employees by the time of the launch. The company will be based in Arlington and will have offices in New York City. Nicholas Johnston, a former managing editor at Bloomberg who helped create a fast-filed news service there called First Word, will be editor-in-chief.....

C-SPAN Promotes Thueringer - 8/12 - Tammy Thueringer has been named a producer at DC-based C-SPAN's morning call-in program, "Washington Journal." She's been a politics producer for the network. Before that, Thueringer was a weekend White House reporter at Bloomberg.....

Luke Russert Leaves NBC News - 7/13 - Luke Russert is leaving NBC News. The son of the late "Meet The Press" moderator Tim Russert, is taking time away from political reporting, a week before the conventions begin, "to pursue other interests" the network said. "It has been a privilege and an honor for me to have worked for NBC News for the last eight years. I will always be eternally grateful for all the opportunities I've received and for the incredible people I've gotten to know along the way. NBC News is family and while it's hard to leave, it's the right decision for me at this time," Luke wrote in a note to staff. So reports politico.com.....

Brown Named Top Editor At Politico - 7/12 - Carrie Budoff Brown has been named the new editor of Politico. After the elections, she will replace Susan Glasser, who is planning to move to Jerusalem in 2017. Brown, who is currently managing editor of Politico Europe, has been with Politico since before its launch in 2007. More at nytimes.com.....

Remake For Politico's Playbook - 7/8 - From Digiday: Born in the Blackberry era, Politico Playbook is now forced to remake itself for smartphones and social media - without its biggest name. Arlington-based Politico is losing its star contributor, Mike Allen, at the most inopportune of times. For nearly 10 years, Allen has pumped out Playbook, Politico's lucrative newsletter that provides a daily dose of scoops and personality bits to more than 100,000 political insiders. Now, right in the middle of the presidential campaign, hes leaving with Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and other executives to start a new political publication. But along with naming Allen's successors, Politico is using the transition to recharge the newsletter, which has been largely unchanged since its launch. That means a bigger social push and down the road, a dedicated presence on Politico.com, called Playbook Plus.....

Joe Concha Joins The Hill - 7/6 - Joe Concha joins The Hill as the Capitol Hill news organizations's media reporter. Based in New Jersey, Concha comes from Mediaite, where he's been covering media and politics. Previously, he was a producer and writer at Fox News Channel.....

Lisa Stark To EdWeek - 6/13 - More Education Week news. Lisa Stark, formerly of ABC News and Al Jazeera America, joins Education Week as a broadcast correspondent. Stark will contribute to the publication's video platform and to "PBS NewsHour".....

Fox News Downgrades Ed Henry - 6/10 - Fox News has announced Ed Henry, the network's chief White House correspondent who was benched in early May after In Touch magazine reported that he'd carried on an extramarital affair with a Las Vegas hostess, won't be covering the Clinton campaign. Fox News has assigned national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin to the task. She has been covering the campaign since May 31. Henry's future with Fox News remains unclear. "Ed Henry is continuing to take some time to work out his issues," said a network spokesperson, according to NewsBlues.....

Politico Searching For Next Editor - 6/8 - Politico's management is currently searching for the news organization's next editor and has signaled a desire to find a top candidate by early summer, ahead of the 2016 conventions, according to sources familiar with the matter. Co-founder John Harris, who serves as publisher and editor-in-chief, has told staffers he hopes to soon zero in on a successor to editor Susan Glasser, who had previously announced plans to take on a new role after the presidential election. According to huffingtonpost.com.....

Amy Lynn Marshall To American Prospect - 6/7 - Amy Lynn Marshall Lambrecht returns to the DC-based American Prospect as publisher. Before leaving the political magazine in 2002, she was its vice president of development. Since then, she's held development posts with the Washington Monthly, George Mason University, and, most recently, with Scholars Strategy Network.....

Errol Barnett To CBS In DC - 5/27 - Errol Barnett, a British-born correspondent for CNN International since 2008, is joining CBS News as a DC-based correspondent, starting in June.....

Paywall Dropped For Politico Media - 5/26 - Politico Media, which until now has been behind a paywall and on a separate website from DC-based Politico, will be coming under the Politico fold. According to politico.com, all of the NYC-based media team's work will be available for free at politico.com/media. Politico's media newsletter is also getting a makeover.....

Megan Chan Joins WaPo - 5/26 - Megan Chan joins the Washington Post as director of digital operations. She comes from Politico where she was, most recently, director of digital products. Before that, Chan was a senior editor of Politico Magazine. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Promotes Marcus - 5/26 - In more Washington Post news, longtime veteran veteran Ruth Marcus has been named deputy editorial page editor. During her time at the Post, Marcus has covered campaign finance, the DOJ, the Supreme Court, and the White House, served as a deputy national editor and, in 2003, joined the editorial board.....

Rogin Joins WaPo's New Global Push - 5/25 - Josh Rogin joins the Washington Post's new Global Opinions section that will feature commentary from writers all over the world. Rogin, who has been a columnist at Bloomberg View since November 2014, will focus on foreign policy and diplomacy. His career includes stops at Foreign Policy and CQ. The Global Opinions section debuts in Europe, with London-based Post columnist Anne Applebaum overseeing it.....

3 Consultants Work With VOA - 5/23 - Three experienced journalists have agreed to serve as short-term consultants to the DC-based Voice Of America, analyzing all aspects of the international broadcaster's web, mobile, and broadcast output. Including Joyce Dehli, an Edmond J. Safra Fellow-In-Residence at Harvard University and a former vice president for news at Lee Enterprises. Plus Tom Detzel, a senior editor at ProPublica who has worked with the Washington Post, the New York Times, and PBS. And Marcy McGinnis, who has been a senior vice president for news at CBS, helped create the SUNY journalism school, and worked with Al Jazeera America.....

Chip Smith To Lobby For Fox - 5/6 - Chip Smith, a veteran Democratic strategist and CEO of the DC-based lobby and public affairs firm Glover Park Group, will become the chief lobbyist at 21st Century Fox, the media corporation founded by Rupert Murdoch. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Affair Report Sidelines Fox's Ed Henry - 5/4 - Fox News Channel chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is taking an unspecified leave to deal with "personal issues," a Fox spokesperson tells washingtonpost.com. The announcement came just after intouchweekly.com reported that the 44-year-old married newsman was having an affair with a Las Vegas hostess. "We recently became aware of Ed's personal issues and hes taking some time off to work things out," a Fox News spokesperson said a statement. In Touch magazine reported Wednesday morning that Henry began the 10-month affair in spring 2015. Henry is married to NPR Deputy Washington Editor Shirley Hung. The couple married in 2010, and he has two children from a previous marriage, according to the Post.....

Sandy Sugawara Joins VOA - 5/2 - Sandy Sugawara is the DC-based Voice Of America's new deputy director, supporting its recently-named new director, Amanda Bennett. Recently, Sugawara spent three years as managing editor of the Washington Post/Graham Holdings digital news site Trove. Before that, she headed up the Post's Universal News Desk, among other jobs at the Post.....

Alex Wagner To Atlantic - 4/27 - Alex Wagner joins the Atlantic as a senior editor. She will work with Atlantic Studios on video and TV ventures and is slated to host the Atlantic's White House Correspondents' Dinner-related breakfast discussion on feminism. Wagner had been the host of MSNBC's "Now With Alex Wagner" before it got canceled in July 2015.....

Ed Timms To CQ Roll Call - 4/14 - Investigative reporter Ed Timms leaves the Dallas Morning News, where he's been since 1978, to be CQ Roll Call's new deputy editor. Also, Paul Krawzak has been promoted to CQ Roll Call's senior budget reporter. He was previously a budget and policy writer. And, Niels Lesniewski gets promoted to the Capitol Hill news organization's senior Senate reporter and will be contributing to Senate Action Reports.....

3 Promotions At C-SPAN - 4/6 - DC-based C-SPAN promotes Richard Weinstein to the position of vice president of digital media. He started at C-SPAN in 1986 and has held a variety of positions at the public affairs network. Ben O'Connell takes Weinstein's old managing editor job. He had been a producer. Also, Professor Robert X. Browning of Purdue University gets named executive director of the C-SPAN Archives, which is based at the West Lafayette, Indiana school.....

Changes Coming To Politico Faster Than Expected - 4/5 - The Washington Post reports that the executive soap opera at Politico appears to be winding up faster than previously scheduled. Jim VandeHei, the political site's chief executive, will officially leave the publication he co-founded within the next two weeks, scrapping an earlier plan to stay put through the presidential election in November. Three other senior business managers will leave early, too. According to the Post, VandeHei has rarely been in Politico's Arlington headquarters since late January and has begun interviewing job candidates for a new, still-unnamed news venture. Among those also leaving is Kim Kingsley, Politico's chief operating officer. Politico "Playbook" columnist Mike Allen and editor Susan Glasser are expected to remain in their jobs until November.....

Ed Pesce To CQ Roll Call - 4/5 - Ed Pesce joins CQ Roll Call as senior legislative analyst for its new product Senate Action Reports, which will provide information and analysis on Senate legislation and players. Pesce recently retired from his position as director of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, where he had worked for 25 years, more than 15 of those as director.....

David Gregory Joins CNN - 3/29 - David Gregory, who left NBC's "Meet The Press" two years ago and has been doing occasional appearances on CNN, has been hired as a political analyst for CNN. He will appear primarily on CNN's morning show "New Day." More at nytimes.com.....

Eastright To Head BGov - 3/21 - Josh Eastright is the new head of DC-based Bloomberg Government, replacing co-founder Don Baptiste. Eastright, a two-decade Bloomberg veteran, has been at BGov since 2012. Most recently, he's been head of government affairs.....

Atlantic's Bennet To NYT - 3/15 - Atlantic co-president and editor in chief James Bennet will be leaving for the New York Times, where he will take over for Andrew Rosenthal as editorial page director in May. Bennet had worked at the Times as Jerusalem bureau chief and White House correspondent, before leaving for The Atlantic a decade ago.....

Lisa Boothe To Examiner - 3/3 - Lisa Boothe joins the Washington Examiner to write a political column every other week, as well as to host video interviews with political figures. She is founder and president of High Noon Strategies, a political communications and public affairs firm. Boothe was previously at WPA Research and the Black Rock Group. She has also worked on communications strategy development for politicians on the campaign trail and members of Congress on Capitol Hill.....

Jamie McIntyre To Examiner - 2/26 - Jamie McIntyre joins the Washington Examiner as a senior defense and national security writer. Most recently, he's been a national security correspondent at Al Jazeera America. Before that, McIntyre was a newscaster on NPR's "All Things Considered" and CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent. He starts at the Examiner in April.....

McCormack Buys TNR - 2/26 - Win McCormack is the new owner of the New Republic. He's the publisher of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books. Hamilton Fish, the former Nation publisher and current Washington Spectator publisher, will take over in the same role at TNR. More at huffingtonpost.com.....

DelToro Joins iHeart's Cap Hill Staff - 2/16 - iHeartMedia names Brendon DelToro vice president of political strategy for its DC-based political and advocacy team. He will manage the media giant's relationships with conservative candidates, parties, super PACs, and other political organizations, according to a statement. DelToro most recently was campaign manager for Marlin Stutzman's campaign for US Senate in Indiana. Before that, he worked for Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, where he was her chief of staff.....

Kinsley & Swaim To Write For WaPo - 2/5 - The Washington Post has added Michael Kinsley and Barton Swaim as contributing political columnists. Kinsley served as editor of the New Republic and the Los Angeles Times editorial page. He's was also host of CNN's "Crossfire." Since January 2014, he has written a column for Vanity Fair, which he will continue. Swaim is author of the 2015 memoir "The Speechwriter" about his years on the staff of former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and has written previously for the Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times Literary Supplement. Additionally, Democratic political consultant Carter Eskew returned in January to contributing to the PostPartisan opinions blog, where he joins his Republican counterpart Ed Rogers in covering the 2016 election.....

Marcia Myers To CQ - 2/1 - CQ Roll Call has named Marcia Myers editor of CQ magazine. Her career includes stops at Scripps and Bloomberg News, after many years at the Baltimore Sun, where she started as a reporter and rose to the position of deputy managing editor.....

Major Changes At Politico - 1/28 - Big shake-up at Politico. From cnn.com: Jim VandeHei, the co-founder and CEO of Politico; Mike Allen, author of the influential Politico Playbook; Kim Kingsley, the chief operating officer; Roy Schwartz, the chief revenue officer; and Danielle Jones, an executive vice president will all leave the company later this year. Susan Glasser, Politico's top editor, will step down after 2016 and take on a strategic role with Politico as director of editorial innovation from Jerusalem. Glasser is moving to be with her husband, a New York Times reporter who is being promoted to Jerusalem bureau chief. John Harris, the editor-in-chief who co-founded Politico with VandeHei in 2006, will take over at Politico's helm for the time being. The shakeup brings an end to a decade in which VandeHei, Harris and others built Politico up from scratch, turned it into one of the most aggressive and robust political news organizations in the country, and then reached beyond with expansion efforts around the USA and in Europe.....

Gehrke Returns To Examiner - 1/18 - Joel Gehrke returns to the Washington Examiner as of today, January 18, to be a political reporter, with a focus on Congress and Capitol Hill. Gehrke was previously on the Congressional beat at National Review online. Before that, he was a commentary writer for three years at the Examiner.....

New Republic For Sale - 1/11 - From wsj.com: A year ago, Chris Hughes, owner of the New Republic, vowed to continue his fight to transform the century-old DC-based magazine into a more digitally-focused media operation, despite a bruising mass walkout by staffers who bristled at his efforts. On Monday, he said he was done. The 32-year-old Hughes announced that he is putting the magazine up for sale. He admitted he had underestimated "the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today's quickly evolving climate".....

Atlantic Expands Politics - 1/9 - The DC-based Atlantic launches a politics section and a national election feature called 2016 Distilled. Making a comeback is the Edge, a daily, politics-oriented newsletter, which had been in the National Journal. Also, the Atlantic is in the process of expanding its political reporting staff by bringing in National Journal veterans Sacha Zimmerman, Nora Kelly, Clare Foran, Priscilla Alvarez, Marina Koren, Andrew McGill, and Michelle Cottle.....

Hardy Leaves FCC - 1/6 - Chanelle Hardy, chief of staff and media legal advisor to Federal Communications Commission Mignon Clyburn has left. Succeeding her will be Holly Saurer, who has been detailed on a temporary basis from the FCC's Media Bureau, where she is associate bureau chief. There have been rumblings that Clyburn might want to exit the FCC to run for her father's seat in Congress from South Carolina. More at broadcastingcable.com.....



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