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CQ Roll Call Launches New Defense Blog

Tim StarksToday, CQ Roll Call announced the launch of the new blog Five By Five to be run by Tim Starks. Part of its Policy Pulse blogs collection, Five by Five will cover the happenings of the Pentagon and Capitol Hill with a focus on defense as well as national security.

Starks has covered national security at CQ for 11 years with a focus on homeland security, intelligence, and foreign policy. In 2009, he was the recipient of the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism for a CQ Weekly cover story on congressional secrecy.

Click through for the full announcement. Read more

David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david-chalianA Friday afternoon announcement within CNN named “Crossfire” supervising producer David Chalian CNN Political Director.

Chalian, who joined the network in July 2013 after serving as VP of video programming for POLITICO, will manage CNN’s political reporters and producers and oversee all political coverage.

Prior to POLITICO, Chalian was the political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign, Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News, and political editor for PBS “NewsHour.”

Read the full announcement, after the jump.

FROM: Sam Feist and Virginia Moseley

As we head into midterm election season and begin to lay the groundwork for the coming presidential campaign, it gives us great pleasure to announce that David Chalian has accepted the position of CNN Political Director. Over the last year, David has proven himself to be an outstanding political producer as the supervising producer of Crossfire.

David brings to this role a wealth of experience managing network political coverage. David was political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign and earned an Emmy award for his contribution to ABC’s 2009 inauguration coverage. David has also served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo News, Political Editor for PBS Newhour, and Vice President of video programming for Politico.

As Political Director, David will manage our extraordinary team of political reporters and producers and will oversee all aspects of CNN’s political coverage including day-to-day reporting, our Polling Unit, Decision Team, and political planning operation.

We can think of no person better prepared to lead our political team throughout the 2014 and 2016 campaigns. David will partner with Ed O’Keefe and the CNNPolitics.com team to make sure that CNN’s political coverage is unmatched on TV and online.

David will report to Virginia and officially moves into his new role on July 1st.

Please join us in congratulating David Chalian on a well deserved promotion.

Atlantic Names Dashiell Bennett Editor of The Wire

Dashiell BennettAtlantic Presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn announced today that news editor Dashiell Bennett has been named editor of The Wire, its site that tracks “what matters now” in politics, business, tech, and entertainment. He has been with the site since 2011.

“We looked long and hard for the best person to run The Wire,” said Bennet and Cohn in a release. “In the end, Dash combined the deepest understanding of the core mission of the site with the clearest vision for its possibilities. And while our search was underway, he demonstrated his leadership ability by helping our writers steadily sharpen their work and continue to grow their audience.”

Bennett was previously a senior editor for Deadspin and Business Insider and has written for Gawker, The Onion, and Slate, among others.

The Wire has added four staff writers this year: Adam Chandler, covering politics and culture; Arit John, writing politics and national security; Polly Mosendz, offering articles on technology and business; and David Sims, reporting on television and movies.

Huff Post Launches New Video Series Fueled by Booze

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 15.18.25The new HuffPost Politics roundtable video series “Wait, Is This Thing On?” launched this afternoon and is set to explore current events, political news, and the latest issues on Capitol Hill. Quite possibly the best aspect of the program? Hosts and guests are encouraged to booze.

“Reporting and news commentary today is increasingly broken down into smaller and smaller bites,” said Sam Stein, senior political editor for The Huffington Post. “And while cable news segments and tweets certainly have their place, we kind of miss the extended conversation too.”

Stein went on to add that, ” ‘Wait, Is This Thing On?’ brings together top voices on a specific subject, sits them around a table, plies them with booze, and tapes what happens. The goal is to produce an unvarnished, enlightening, and generally fun talk about weighty and non-weighty matters. And if we don’t achieve that, well, at least we get free beer (thanks, Arianna!).” Read more

Kerry Lauerman to Join The Washington Post as Senior Editor for Mobile Initiative

G3jOYgYtA day shy of a year of tweeting his leaving Salon.com to lead new startup site The Dodo, The Washington Post announces Kerry Lauerman will join the outlet as a senior editor, leading a new mobile initiative.

On June 5, 2013, Kerry announced he was leaving Salon.com where he served as editor-in-chief. He spent 13 years at the website, serving as its culture editor, Washington bureau chief, and founder of Open Salon. Prior to joining Salon, he was an editor at Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, which ceased production in 2002 after ten years of covering the digital economy.

In an announcement this morning, Senior Editor of Digital News Cory Haik, Executive Editor Marty Baron, Managing Editor Kevin Merida and Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, said that, “Kerry’s strong editing skills, the vast range of his experience, and his time spent building new products and luring new readers make him especially well-equipped for an initiative focused on the fast-growing mobile readership. Kerry brings to our mobile ambitions the perfect blend of innovation and journalistic chops, as well as a collaborative spirit.”

Kerry will start July 7 and will report to Haik.

Bloomberg Businessweek Welcomes Allison Hoffman and Josh Eidelson

Eidelson Headshot Fence AllisonHoffmanPhotoBloomberg Businessweek today announced the hires of Allison Hoffman and Josh Eidelson to the magazine this month. Hoffman will serve as an associate editor, editing and writing stories for the magazine’s Politics & Policy section and for Businessweek.com. Eidelson will be a reporter, writing for the magazine and website.

Hoffman was most recently with Tablet, where she edited the News & Politics section. Prior to that she was a metro reporter at the LA Times; a reporter for the AP in San Diego; and a fact checker at the New Yorker.

Eidelson joins Businessweek from Salon, where he reported on politics, policy, and labor issues. Prior to that, he was with The Nation.

POLITICO Hires ‘Citizen Journo’ Daniel Lippman for Playbook

fc8fef994c6d7779cb66a4310822f4dc_400x400POLITICO’s executive editor Rick Berke last hour announced the full-time hire of Daniel Lippman. Lippman was profiled by POLITICO Click (R.I.P.) in 2009 for his email correspondence with DC media often identifying corrections and grammatical errors and offering suggestions – this when he was just a 19-year-old student at GW.

Lippman is set to serve as a researcher/reporter, with primary duties helping Mike Allen on Playbook and Capital Playbook. He has interned for The Wall Street Journal, McClatchy Newspapers, and Reuters.

See the full memo after the jump. CoNgRaTs Daniel! Read more

MEMO: CNN’s Jeff Zucker “Proud” to Work at CNN

In an internal memo to CNN and HLN staff this afternoon, CNN President Jeff Zucker explains how proud he is to work at the network. Following this week’s launch of the new CNN original series “The Sixties,” Zucker highlights the network’s reporting on the VA scandal and names Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine as instrumental to the outlet’s success.

“CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.

Read the internal memo after the jump. Read more

FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren Snag Hillary Clinton Interview

GretaBretWhat sounds more fun for Hillary Clinton than sitting down for an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier? Adding Greta Van Susteren into the mix, of course!

Baier and Susteren will jointly interview the former US Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady as part of her upcoming book tour.

Hard Choices is set to release by Simon & Schuster on Tuesday, June 10. In the book, Clinton offers an “inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

The half-hour interview will air Tuesday, June 17th from 6:45 – 7:15 pm, closing out Baier’s “Special Report” and opening Van Susteren’s “On the Record.” Read more

theGrio.com’s Perry Bacon, Jr. Promoted to Senior Political Reporter

perry.jpgAn internal memo distributed to the DC bureau of NBC News today names Perry Bacon, Jr. the network’s newest Senior Political Reporter. Bacon will work closely with Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and lead in coverage of the 2014 and 2016 campaigns.

Bacon most recently was political editor for theGrio.com and contributed to MSNBC. He’s well poised for his new role, having led theGrio’s coverage of the 2012 election and President Obama’s second term. Prior to that, he covered politics for TIME and The Washington Post.

The promotion is effective immediately.

See the full memo, from DC bureau chief Ken Strickland and Todd, after the jump. Read more

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