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The Hill’s Bob Cusack Named Editor in Chief

The Hill today announced that Bob Cusack has been named editor in chief. He’s served as managing editor of the paper since 2004.

Cusack’s promotion came with several other announcements, including the departure of Hugo Gurdon who’s heading to The Examiner. Hill news editor Ian Swanson will replace Cusack as managing editor, and business and lobbying editor Dustin Weaver will fill Swanson’s role. POLITICO’s Scott Wong will now serve as a senior staff writer for The Hill. 

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At 9:04 am, The Hill tweeted the announcement (to the right), and funny enough, misspelled his name (thank you Fishbowl reader for the screen grab!).

The tweet has since been deleted and a new tweet issued, spelling corrected (below).

For more on the promotions and hires, including those on the business end, click on over to The Hill.

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Former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg Join Edelman’s Public Affairs Practice

bronze_doorEdelman today announced that former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg will join the firm as strategic advisors. In the newly created roles, the former senators will provide public policy advice and communications counsel to on a per client basis.

“This opportunity enables us to provide Edelman’s clients with a better understanding of Congress and how best to communicate on a wealth of complex public policy issues,” said Sen. Gregg, who represented New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate from 1993 – 2011, and prior to that, served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The news comes days after an announcement that White House director of broadcast media Dag Vega is set to join Burson-Marsteller as managing director of its Washington office. Vega’s last day with the White House is Friday, June 25 and he’ll join Burson in early August.

Vega is succeeded by Andrea Purse, coming to the White House from American Progress, where she served as vice president of communications.

AP Makes Changes Within Its Video Leadership

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The Associated Press today announced several changes within its video leadership. Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, will be head of U.S. video and radio, and Vaughn Morrison, a former CNN and Fox executive, was named earlier this month head of U.S. video production. Both are based in DC.

The announcement also named Derl McCrudden, previously head of video newsgathering, head of international video news for The Associated Press. He is based in London.

Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will now have a hand in the AP Middle East Extra, a new video service offering video content centered on news most relevant to the region.

For the full announcement, click here.

Atlantic Media’s ‘Defense One’ Plans to Double Editorial and Business Staff

PrintDefense One today announced that it plans to more than double its number of dedicated staff with the addition of 11 new full-time editorial and business employees. The announcement comes days after the Atlantic vertical celebrated it’s one-year anniversary, in which it already doubled its staff from three to six and experienced record monthly traffic of 800,000 page views and nearly 600,000 unique visitors during its first year.

As part of the expansion, executive editor Kevin Baron plans to hire three new beat reporters as well as two regular contributors. The U.S. defense and national security-focused brand will also add a general manager, associate publisher and events director along with dedicated sales and marketing persons.

“We’ve seen in the last year a tremendous appetite for the kind of journalism, ideas commentary, and events that has become the hallmark of the Defense One brand,” said Baron. “We did what we came to do in year one, and now this investment will enable us to expand our reporting on the national security community.”

Tim Hartman, CEO of National Journal Group that oversees Defense One, will lead the effort.

CNN Names Elise Labott Global Affairs Correspondent

b20720d653e07e54d5f77d41b24f8312An internal memo sent last hour by CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist to staff announced that Elise Labott was named global affairs correspondent with the network. She has been with CNN for 14 years, as a State Department producer and later a foreign affairs reporter.

See Feist’s memo after the jump. Read more

Financial Times Names Megan Murphy Washington Bureau Chief

Megan Murphy FT Staff.Financial Times today announced the appointment of Megan Murphy as Washington bureau chief, to lead FT’s coverage of US politics, effective January 1, 2015. She will relocate from London to Washington this fall.

Murphy currently leads fastFT, a service that delivers market-moving news around the clock. She joined FT in December 2007 and has covered law courts, investment banking and media. Prior to FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News.

Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will transition to longer-term projects.

MPAA Names Joanna McIntosh EVP for Global Policy and External Affairs

jkmokFormer Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, today announced that Joanna McIntosh has joined the association as EVP for global policy and external affairs.

McIntosh previously served as VP of federal government relations at Verizon in DC, joining in 2005 after serving as the general counsel for the 2004 G8 Summit that President George Bush hosted in Sea Island, Georgia. She also served as VP of international relations for AT&T, where she worked with the executive branch and foreign governments to promote U.S. investment abroad and reduce foreign regulatory costs on U.S. companies overseas.

NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE

md2qtgdoloqe8n04c95kNPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. Smith replaces Elizabeth Baker Keffer, founding president of AtlanticLIVE, who left for the Chicago-based investment firm BDT & Company in February 2014.

For NPR, Smith ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its senior vice president for news since early 2011. Read more

David Perla to Join Bloomberg BNA Legal as President

David Perla HeadshotDavid Perla was today named president of Bloomberg BNA Legal, effective July 21. In this role, he will grow its legal, legislative, and regulatory news and analysis and the Bloomberg Law legal and business intelligence research system.

Perla most recently served as chairman and CEO of Matterhorn Transactions, a Web-based legal and financial information services provider, and as co-founder and managing director of 1991 Ventures. He is a co-founder and former co-CEO of Pangea3, a legal process outsourcing provider.

Roll Call’s ‘Hill Navigator’ Advises How To Land Political Reporting Jobs

hillNavigator-header-logoRoll Calls’s Rebecca Gale today posted a beginners guide to landing political reporting jobs, just in time as Washington sees an influx of college graduates and interns on the pursuit of just that.

The question comes from Ben, a junior at Fordham University, hoping to eventually land a career in political journalism. He asks the ”Hill Navigator,” Roll Call’s column that explores career advice and office etiquette for Congressional staff, how valuable graduate journalism school is and what steps he should take to get more involved with political publications.

Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center chimes in with advice for the aspiring reporter based on her professional experience. Key themes – write, network and persist.

On journalism graduate school, Center says, “Every program is different, but in short, I’m not a fan unless you’re making a career transition, have minimal journalism experience, or plan to use it to acquire very specific skills. For example, coding, video editing and production are an added value for a young journalist’s résumé…Otherwise, if you have strong journalism experience, graduate school might not be a sound investment. Unlike your friends at business school, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to pay off those loans on your scribe’s salary.”

Looking to land your first political writing gig or for a chance to reminisce? Click on over the Roll Call’s latest “Hill Navigator.”

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