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CQ Roll Call Launches The Container on Transportation Policy and Regulation

Tom CurryCQ Roll Call today announced the launch of The Container, its new transportation policy and regulation vertical and the third in its Policy Pulse blog collection. The site will be led by former MSNBC.com political correspondent Tom Curry.

From railroad safety to car-sharing services and tolls on highways, The Container will, “track the latest twists and turns in the efforts by Congress to replenish the depleted Highway Trust Fund, or find an alternative way to pay for highways and other infrastructure,” said Curry in a release.

The Policy Pulse blogs on RollCall.com launched in May with Technocrat and grew this month to include its new defense vertical Five By Five, led by Tim Starks.

For more, click here.

Huff Post Live Explores Pop Culture’s Obsession with the Vice Presidency

h-VP-348x516Thanks to shows like “VEEP” and “House of Cards,” many Americans outside of Beltway are finding themselves fascinated with politics, Washington, and the Vice Presidency.

On Friday, June 13 at 12 noon, HuffPost Live will bring together a panel of experts to explore how the role of the VP has assumed more power in recent administrations and pop culture’s recent obsession with the position.

Sitting down with Huff Post’s Josh Zepps - one of the founding hosts of the “Live” series – will be former chief-of-staff to VP Gore and VP Biden, Ron Klain; Vice Presidential historian Joel K. Goldstein; Executive Producer of “VEEP,” Frank Rich; and Vice Presidency scholar Joel Goldstein.

Ask your questions and watch the segment here.

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients

5390b7c0-2c28-43ac-b4af-54b8ac110342The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television, and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award.

ABC News earned five Murrows, including both Overall Excellence in Television and Overall Excellence in Radio. National Public Radio won the award for best network radio website for the sixth year in a row, as well as awards for Investigative Reporting and News Series.

The association named 98 national Edward R. Murrow awardees in 13 categories and received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, 500 more than in 2013. National awards will be presented in New York City on October 6.

For a full list of recipients, click through to RTDNA.

The Atlantic Welcomes Denise Kersten Wills and Sophie Gilbert as Senior Editors

Sophie Gilbert

Sophie Gilbert

The Atlantic today announced the addition of two new senior editors – Sophie Gilbert, as senior editor of the iPad app The Atlantic Weekly, and Denise Kersten Wills, as senior editor of the magazine.

Gilbert was most recently the arts editor at Washingtonian and has written for The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Slate. In 2007, she moved to the US from London to pursue a masters in magazine journalism at NYU while interning for Vogue and Slate.

Denise Wills

Denise Wills

Wills joins The Atlantic from POLITICO magazine – which she helped launch in late 2013 – serving as a senior editor. Prior to that, she spent five years as an editor at Washingtonian and was a staff correspondent for Atlantic’s Government Executive magazine from 2004 – 05.

Washingtonian Names Michael Schaffer New Editor

06062014-schafferWashingtonian today announced the hire of Michael Schaffer as its 4th editor in the magazine’s 49-year history. Schaffer was most recently with The New Republic where he served as editorial director and prior to that was editor of the Washington City Paper. 

Schaffer replaces former FishbowlDC-er Garrett Graff, who served as editor of Washingtonian for the past five years. In April, a memo from publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced that she and Graff agreed he would leave this month.

Schaffer is set to start in July. Check out the full memo, after the jump. Read more

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.

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