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POLITICO Pro Announces Several New Hires, Moves and Promotions

POLITICO Pro editor Martin Kady today announced to staff in an email several new hires, moves and promotions within the POLITICO Pro division, which now includes 13 policy verticals.

New hires include Mary Beth Marklein, a former higher education reporter for USA TODAY, as Pro Education editor; Chase Purdy as a reporter for Pro Agriculture; Jen Judson who joined Pro Defense on July 14; and Patrick Temple-West, who joins the Financial Services team.

In new roles are Maggie Chan as senior pro editor and Kyle Cheney, transitioning to the Campaign Pro team from the health care team.

See the full announcement, after the jump. Read more

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Pew Research Center President Alan Murray to Join Fortune as Editor

Alan MurrayPew Research Center President and former Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Alan Murray announced in a memo to Pew staff today he’s been named editor of Fortune.

Murray joined Pew as president in November 2012. In addition to WSJ bureau chief, he served as deputy managing editor and executive editor of online for the Journal and CNBC’s Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2005, during which he co-hosted “Capital Report” with Gloria Borger.

“I came to appreciate Alan’s intellect, and his love of news about business and economics in the years we were both at The Wall Street Journal, and I have followed his career closely as he moved into management while expanding his interests from print to video, digital and events,” said Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer of Time Inc. ”There is no one more wired in the business and media worlds, and I am thrilled to have an editor of his caliber and intellect at the helm.”

Click through for Murray’s note to Pew staff, in which he describes his move to Fortune as “like a calling, and it is one I find impossible to resist.” 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.

EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Graff Joins POLITICO Magazine

A source tells us that Garrett Graff, who left Washingtonian in April where he served as editor-in-chief for five years, most recently joined POLITICO Magazine.

Graff told the Washington City Paper at the time of his departure that he didn’t yet have concrete plans on what’s next, but that he is, “looking forward to a new challenge, wherever that may lie,” and that he will probably spend a good part of his time finishing up his third book, a history of the Cold War, for Simon and Schuster.

Washingtonian in June named Michael Schaffer Graff’s replacement as editor.

Graff edited FishbowlDC from January 2005 to May 2006, when Patrick Gavin took over.

UPDATE  (3:52pm): An update from POLITICO confirms that Graff has joined the magazine, official today, as a senior staff writer.

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

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson to Join NBC News as Network Correspondent

HallieJacksonAn internal note from NBC News SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced that Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson will join the network as a correspondent. Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012.

Verdi highlighted her ability to work in digitally-integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff, after the jump.

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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.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer Trades Media Career for Music Industry

Photo Credit: Greg Powers Photography (http://tinyurl.com/nw9gfvk)

Photo Credit: Greg Powers Photography (http://tinyurl.com/nw9gfvk)

On Saturday, July 12th, Texas Christian University alum and CBS News “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer will appear in a music video shoot for Josh Groban’s ‘Brave” as a tribute to the courage of cancer survivors, produced by the TCU Frogs for the Cure. John Fitzgerald Booty, another TCU alum and NFL analyst on Channel 8′s SportsTalk, will also be in attendance and participate.

The taping will take place on the rooftop garden of Jones Day law firm (51 Louisiana Ave., NW), from 2 – 5 pm and is open to the public. Participants will learn a simple dance step and hand motion routine and must come wearing black and pink. Also, registration to dance alongside Schieffer is required and can be done at www.frogsforthecure.com.

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‘Bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Draw Laughs at Playbook Cocktails

20140709_174638Last night also at the Newseum just prior to National Journal’s Political PursuitPOLITICO hosted Playbook Cocktails with the ‘bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) in conversation with POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Equally substantive and funny, the due spoke on the topic of the REDEEM Act, an effort the two support to redefine the country’s criminal justice system; President Obama’s visit to Texas yesterday and whether he should visit the border; whether the duo could land a reality show; and a selfie taken on Booker’s iPhone.

In case you missed it in person or via livestream, check out the full Q&A or if you’re strapped for time, the Top 10 humorous quotes of the night, as compiled by POLITICO, after the jump. Read more

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