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Laura McGann Leaves Politico, Joins Vox As Political Editor

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Laura McGann, Politico’s deputy managing editor, is joining Vox Media as its first political editor, reported the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone yesterday.

Prior to her four years spent at Politico, McGann worked for Talking Points Memo, Nieman Journalism Lab, MSNBC and The Washington Independent.

McGann, who will start at Vox on Jan. 5th, is the third big-name editor at Politico to leave the news organization this past week — following White House editor, Dan Berman (National Journal), and deputy managing editor, Gregg Birnbaum (New York Daily News).

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DC Journo Sues St. Louis County Over Ferguson Arrest

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.42.19 AMThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Trey Yingst, a Washington-based reporter for News2Share, against St. Louis County and St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer for allegedly violating his rights by arresting him while covering the protests in Ferguson, The St. Louis Business Journal first reported.

According to the complaint, Yingst was arrested on Nov 22. for refusing to stop filming the protests after police asked him to move to another location. The lawsuit said Yingst told the police officer ”Sir, I’m just standing on a public sidewalk.” The officer, Vollmer, then told his colleagues to “lock him up.” Yingst was taken into custody for “unlawful assembly” and held overnight. Read more

NPR Hires Tasneem Raja As Senior Digital Editor of ‘Code Switch’

rlUq6_aFTasneem Raja will be joining NPR as senior digital editor of Code Switch, announced Lynette Clemetson, director of editorial initiatives, and Carline Watson, executive producer of Culture and Identity Unit, in a staff memo this morning.

Tasneem currently works at Mother Jones as senior editor, focusing on data-driven journalism. Prior to Mother Jones, Tasneem had been a reporter for the Chicago Reader, as well as a part of the San Francisco- based non-profit news organization, Bay Citizen, which had partnered with the New York Times back in 2010.

She was named “one of the smartest people on Twitter” by Fast Company, and is ”a leading voice in the conversation on gender, race, and tech culture.” The graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism will be starting with NPR’s Code Switch in late January when she arrives in Washington.

Welcome to our nation’s capital, Tasneem!

Boston Globe’s Stephen Heuser to Lead Politico’s New Policy Project

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 3.20.30 PMBoston Globe’s Ideas section editor Stephen Heuser is heading to Politico where he will head up “The Agenda,” the site’s new policy project, Susan Glasser wrote in a staff memo.

Heuser, a Yale grad and longtime Globe staffer, will work alongside Michael Grunwald,  The Agenda’s editor-at-large.

“We envision it as wonkery with a purpose: smart, timely, original and relevant to the policy debates that are actually on Washington’s agenda, or should be,” Glasser said.

The project is expected to launch at the beginning of next year.

 

DC Media Dominates Mediaite’s 2014 ‘Very BEST in Media’ Awards

Mediaite-LogoMediaite released its 2014 “Very BEST in Media“ awards this afternoon, and without a doubt, the journalists of Washington won the day.

From CNN’s Jake Tapper being named “Best Cable News Host” for his show The Lead, to Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace as the “Best Sunday Show Moderator” — across the board, DC’s newspeople dominated the list.

As the website points out, the selections were not based on ratings or popularity, but who, in their opinion, ”did important, smart, or entertaining work, Nielsen be damned.”

Among the other honorees mentioned by Mediaite were CBS White House Correspondent, Mark Knoller, for “Best Media Twitter Account”; The Washington Post‘s T. Rees Shapiro for “Best Reporting”; and Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic for ”Best Print/Web Columnist.”

A big FishbowlDC congrats to all!

Add MJ Lee to List of POLITICO Departures, Joins CNN Digital Politics

20140813js_mj_lee_005You can add MJ Lee to the growing wave of POLITICO reporters and editors who’ve been poached by CNN Digital Politics.  For those of you counting, Lee makes 5… Rachel Smolkin, Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner all switched teams this fall.

“It’s as if Rachel built an arc and we’re following her two by two,” said a former POLITICO staffer turned CNNer who asked to remain anonymous.

But they’re not just flooding (pun intended) to CNN. MJ is the fourth POLITICO exit announced this week.  Alex Burns, Gregg Birnbaum and Dan Berman all jumped ship for gigs at new outlets in the past few days.  Sounds like a trend.  As for MJ, her hire was announced today via internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.  See the note from Rachel Smolkin and CNN Money’s Lex Haris after the jump. Read more

Gregg Birnbaum Leaves POLITICO, Joins New York Daily News

More news of shakeups out of POLITICO. Gregg Birnbaum announced yesterday on Twitter that he would be stepping down as deputy managing editor at POLITICO, and will join the New York Daily News as their new managing editor and head of political content.

This morning, Colin Myler, NYDN editor in chief, announced Birnbaum’s appointment in a staff memo:

I am delighted to announce that Gregg Birnbaum is appointed Managing Editor, Head of Political Content.

Gregg is joining us from  Politico where he is currently a Deputy Managing Editor, supervising coverage of breaking news.

Before that, he was a government and politics reporter and editor at the New York Post holding the position of Political Editor for 10 years,  managing bureaus in Washington, Albany and City Hall.

Gregg will be joining us on January 5.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank Joel for his sterling work for the past two years. He has been a valued colleague and I wish him every success in his new executive role at New York 1.

Colin

Birnbaum’s departure from POLITICO is part of a recent exodus of big names from the news organization that includes Dan Berman and Alex Burns.

Alex Burns Leaving POLITICO

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Senior political reporter for POLITICO, Alex Burns, is leaving the news outlet, according to Michael Calderone of Huffington Post Media.

Calderone claims that Burns had “recently been in talks with The New York Times about a New York-based position covering city and state politics.”

Burns, one of POLITICO’s best known and longest tenured reporters, has been with the organization since graduating from Harvard in 2008.

Jana Winter Joins DC-Based The Intercept

p5Zyt0riJana Winter will be joining The Intercept, according to an announcement on their site today.

Winter, who previously worked as an investigative reporter at Fox News, is best known for her refusal to reveal her sources during the James Holmes story, the infamous movie-theater shooting two years ago in Aurora, CO, in which she reported that Holmes had sent a notebook to his psychiatrist containing depictions of violence before his deadly rampage.

She will be brought on board as a national security reporter for the DC-based online media outlet. 

Hambycast Season One: Saying Goodbye To The ‘Mayor for Life’

Hambycast Logo.jpgCNN’s Peter Hamby wrapped up Season One of his hugely successful “Hambycast” series today by going where few DC reporters are willing to travel – DC’s Ward 8.

CNN kicked off the digital series in September tailgating with Rick Perry, and closed by reminding Washingtonians why Marion Barry is DC’s Mayor for Life. Hamby joined the Mayor’s funeral procession (aka block party) where attendees “boogied in the streets” and reminisced on their favorite memories – beyond the infamous “B*tch set me up!” incident.

Binge watch Season One on CNN.com, and keep your eyes peeled for Season Two in 2015. Between Hambycast Season Two and House of Cards, you’ll be all set for those inevitable snow days.

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