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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.

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

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

Wash Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth Announces Newsroom Move to One Franklin Square

Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth announced in a memo to staff the paper’s relocation to One Franklin Square. Slated for 2016, the new building is said to be “modern” and “light-filled.”

Weymouth’s memo and accompanying release, after the jump. Read more

Krystle Kopacz Named COO of National Journal Group

National Journal Group CEO Tim Hartman announced the promotion of Krystle Kopacz to Chief Operating Officer in an internal memo to staff Tuesday afternoon. Kopacz will work with National Journal Group and Government Executive Media Group leadership to set strategy, develop new products, and integrate digital tools.

Kopacz most recently led the brand development and launch of Defense One, which yesterday announced the hire of Molly O’Toole. Kopacz joined Atlantic Media in 2010 to lead Government Executive Media Group’s digital business.

Read the full memo after the jump. Read more

40 McClatchy Tribune Information Services Positions to be Cut

layoffsAs many as 40 McClatchy Tribune Information Services (MCT) employees will lose their jobs as Tribune Publishing takes over the second largest supplemental photo wire in the U.S.

“A portion of the jobs based in Washington will be part of the ongoing wire service or remain with the bureau,” said McClatchy vice president for news and Washington editor Anders Gyllenhaal in the memo posted to Poynter. “But a majority of the Washington positions will be phased out over the course of the summer as the move to Chicago is complete.”

A source among the 40 being laid off said that two positions – an IT professional and a visual editor – are among those being filled in the McClatchy Washington bureau, which will remain in place but with photo content instead coming from the Tribune Content Agency. Since pursuing this story, we’ve received a position description for Visual Editor. A request for confirmation to McClatchy’s Washington bureau chief regarding positions being filled has yet to be answered.

We’re told the layoffs will be phased in over the coming weeks with the first group’s last day being May 28, and second group departing July 3. A third and final group’s last day is slated for August 1.

While many are likely on the brink of unemployment, we hear from our source that morale is still high, and that employees are still doing everything they can do “because they love doing it.”

3:00pm Update: McClatchy Washington bureau management confirmed that a total of four positions are currently being filled in the bureau - two positions as part of the digital team, an IT professional, and a visual editor. A clarification has also been made that McClatchy Washington bureau photo content will now be provided by Tribune Content Agency, rather than no longer from MCT.

CNN’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy to CBS News

cbs newsWe hear that congrats are in order after receiving a tip that CBS News VP and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham announced to staff via an internal memo this morning that CNN White House Producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy was named White House Producer for CBS This Morning and the Washington bureau.

Aigner-Treworgy has been with CNN for the past 2.5 years and before that was with NBC News.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

Ed O’Keefe Named VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital

okeefet1largEd O’Keefe, current editor in chief of NowThis News, is set to join CNN Digital as VP of CNNMoney and Politics starting May 19. This is both a new role for CNN and comes at a time when CNN gains full control over CNNMoney, as of June 1.

Via an internal memo sent out to CNN.com and CNNMoney staff this morning, CNN expects O’Keefe to build a digital political vertical that makes “politics ‘pop’…By creating big, signature editorial products that people crave, that span mobile, desktop, social and air. By dazzling existing and new audiences with creative angles in video, interactives, images and text. By strengthening our voice and being bolder and more vibrant than ever.”

Also announced, Lex Haris has been named executive director of CNNMoney. Most recently he’s served as interim editor of CNNMoney and has been the site’s managing editor since 2007.

Read the full memo, after the jump. Read more

ICYMI – POLITICO’s Todd Purdum and Dylan Byers to Relocate to LA

According to an internal memo (via NYMag) from POLITICO Managing Editor Rachel Smolkin, two of the outlet’s top talent – senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers - are relocating to LA. Purdum’s wife, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, recently took a position with Warner Brothers leading its communications. Byers is said to be relocating with his fiancé.

Smolkin squashes any notion of an expansion to California, as it recently did in New York when its parent company Albritton Communications purchased Capital New York.

We’re not sure we believe you, Ms. Smolkin.

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