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Sarah Gilbert Set to Rejoin NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’

Sarah GilbertNPR’s “Weekend Edition” announced a new hire this morning. Sarah Gilbert will rejoin the show as supervising senior editor, which she originally joined in 2012 before leaving for ”Marketplace” in 2013.

Side note: With Gilbert’s return, “Weekend Edition’s” staff now consists of three Sarah’s, including Supervising Senior Producer Sarah Oliver and Producer Sarah Handel.

Shawna Thomas to Join NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ as Senior Editor

Shawna Thomas

Shawna Thomas

As of July 16, Shawna Thomas will join Meet the Press as senior editor responsible for leading its digital strategy. Thomas joins “Meet” having been with the network since 2006, serving as White House producer and Capitol Hill producer as well as a news associate, political assignment editor, and digital associate producer.

Also out of NBC News today, Erika Masonhall has been promoted to Vice President of Communications.

See Executive Producer Rob Yarin‘s internal note on Thomas’ announcement after the jump. Read more

Atlantic Media Launches ‘State & Local’

GovExec_S&LAtlantic Media today launched its expansion from federal government current events coverage for Government Executive to city, county, and state government news and analysis. The new line of focus will include coverage of technology, health care, citizen services, infrastructure, security, transportation, and finance.

Government Executive’s state and local coverage is led by Michael Grass, who was hired in May following an April announcement of the intended news coverage expansion.

“As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new and exciting ways,” said Grass. “Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.” Read more

HuffPost Reporter Recognizes Voice, Can’t Place It When He Calls WH Press Shop

Zach WahlsWashington bureau chief of The Huffington Post Ryan Grim this week called the White House press shop, and was answered by a voice he recognized but couldn’t place.

Re-meet Zach Wahls, who rose to internet fame in 2011 when he spoke about his family life and growing up with two mothers at an Iowa state legislature forum on the topic of marriage-equality.

In 2012, Wahls travelled to Charlotte, NC, where he spoke at the Democratic National Convention and went on to write My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family.

Click on over to The Huffington Post for the full story on Grim’s phone-encounter with Wahls.

After Traffic Up 50% at National Journal for Jan-May, June Boasts Highest Traffic of 2014

June marked the highest traffic month of 2014 for National Journal, garnering more than 3.3 million monthly unique visits to the site, the same month the magazine debuted its redesign. In early June, we wrote that during the first five months of 2014, traffic was up 50% compared to the same time last year.

Also significant for NJ, it added several new writers in the recent months, including Emily Schultheis, Alexia Campbell, Rachel Roubein, Zach Cohen, Nora Caplan-BrickerMichelle Cottle, Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Daniel Libit, and Ethan Epstein.

“The new magazine adds another dimension for us: We have great in-the-moment journalism and extraordinary long-form journalism too, a mix that is driving influential readers – and top-flight journalists – to National Journal,” said NJ Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve in a press release.

NBC News Team Safe and Unharmed After Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem Today

niPSLRwgAn NBC News team including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was caught in crossfire today in East Jerusalem. Mohyeldin is a former desk assistant at the NBC News DC bureau and a graduate of American University.

He posted video of rubber bullets fired and stun grenades thrown in the direction of Palestinian protesters and his team wearing gear labeled ‘press’ by Israeli forces to Instagram. NBC reports that Mohyeldin and his team are safe and unharmed. Read more

Silicon Valley Tech-Like Amenities in HuffPost DC Newsroom

20140619_142634Looking for a newsroom environment with a fully stocked kitchen, beers on tap, meditation room, nap room, AND yoga studio? Probably not gonna happen. Unless you work at the DC bureau of The Huffington Post!

When I first heard about The Huffington Post’s DC digs, I wanted to call their bluff. How could the home of HuffPost Politics – the number one trafficked politics site – have all the amenities of a booming Silicon Valley tech giant?

I recently had the opportunity to tour the HuffPost DC bureau to see if the rumors were true. Spoiler alert – they were. Read more

POLITICO Promotes Rachel Van Dongen to Deputy Managing Editor

Rachel Van Dongen, POLITICOAn internal memo from POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin this morning announced Rachel Van Dongen‘s promotion to deputy managing editor. Van Dongen was most recently Congress editor and deputy politics editor.

In her new role, she will work closely with Smolkin and alongside deputy managing editor Laura McGann. POLITICO’s Gregg Birnbaum, Dianna Heitz, Laura McGann and Nirvi Shah also serve in the role of deputy managing editor.

Van Dongen’s outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team going forward.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren Talks Hillary Clinton Interview Prep Ahead Tonight’s Special

FOX News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren posted a video to her Facebook page late this afternoon previewing tonight’s joint interview by her and Bret Baier of Hillary Clinton on the former Secretary of State’s Hard Choices. In the video, Van Susteren calls out people’s surprise of Clinton agreeing to sit down with FOX and recalls the many times Clinton has sat down with the network in the past.

The half-hour interview will air live later this hour from 6:45 – 7:15 pm, closing out Baier’s “Special Report” and opening Van Susteren’s “On the Record.”

Hear from Van Susteren herself in the below video.

 

Internal Memo Outlines POLITICO’s Plans for New Digs

An internal memo from POLITICO COO Kim Kingsley this afternoon announced that after a long search for new office space, the powers that be decided to relocate within its current building, to the 8th and 9th floors. While the deal is not yet final, they’re far enough along in the process to make an announcement to staff.

POLITICO occupies the 6th and parts of the 7th floors at 1100 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. The new space is expected to be 60,000 square feet and have two-connected and private floors and a large outdoor private terrace.

If all goes according to plan, they’ll make the move late Spring 2015.

Check out the full memo after the jump. Read more

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