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Candy Crowley to Leave CNN After 27 Years

CandyCrowley304After 27 years at CNN, veteran political correspondent and “State of the Union” host, Candy Crowley, is leaving the network.

“[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a staff memo first obtained by TVNewser. “As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support.”

Crowley’s career at CNN began in 1987 as a political correspondent, where she covered a handful of successful and unsuccessful presidential campaigns including those of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others.  In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate. Read more

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The List of TNR Resignations Grows Amid Shake Up

It’s been a really, really bad week for The New Republic.

Following the resignation of Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier on Thursday, a slew of senior and contributing editors took to Twitter to announce that they would be following suit.

The shakeup comes a month after new leadership took over the progressive magazine.

The new CEO, Guy Vidra, former general manager for Yahoo News, and publisher/editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, reportedly wanted to take TNR in a new direction that didn’t align with the editors’ vision for the publication. The disagreement ultimately led to Foer and Wieseltier’s resignations…and now plenty of others. Read more

Former Coburn Staffer and Investigative Journo, Justin Rood, Joins POGO

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 12.13.24 PMAward-winning investigative journalist and former investigator for Senator Tom Coburn’s office, Justin Rood, is joining the independent watchdogs over at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) to lead a new congressional oversight initiative.

“POGO has been helping improve oversight and improve government for over three decades, I’m excited to join the team,” Rood told Fishbowl DC.

POGO’s Executive Director Danielle Brian announced the hiring news today–and said the organization will be releasing more details about the new project in the coming weeks.

Rood, who previously served as director of investigations on Homeland Security issues for Coburn (R-OK), as well as an investigative reporter for ABC News and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets, will be at the helm of the new initiative.

“Justin’s experience makes him the ideal person to help us expand on our proven track record of training congressional staff on how to conduct effective oversight,” Brian said in a statement.

Stay tuned for more details on POGO’s new project!

NPR’s Matt Thompson Named Deputy Editor of The Atlantic.com

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 11.07.48 AMNPR’s Matt Thompson is heading over to TheAtlantic.com where he will serve as deputy editor and help oversee editorial operations and strategic development,  J.J. Gould, the site’s editor, announced today.

Thompson is currently NPR’s director of vertical initiatives. He started the Code Switch blog and is in charge of a number of other verticals. He’s also a board member at the Center for Public Integrity, and an adjunct faculty member at American University.He’ll start work at The Atlantic in January.

“Matt is a force,” Gould said in a statement. “He’s creative about new media and their emerging potential, he’s serious about journalism as a public good, and he’s super-smart about the requirements of leadership in a digital organization. He’s also just a natural fit for The Atlantic personally. Working with him is going to be a lot of fun.”

Former CNN International’s Peter Bale to Lead the Center for Public Integrity

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 4.45.43 PMPeter Bale, former vice president and general manager of digital operations at CNN International, will take over as chief executive officer for the Center for Public Integrity, the award-winning investigative journalism nonprofit organization.

Bale, 52, helped run CNN.com and was in charge of other CNN International digital products since 2011. Before that, he was the executive producer of MSN UK. He was also a reporter for Reuters and founded FTMarketWatch.com.

“We are thrilled to have Peter Bale join the Center for Public Integrity as our new Chief Executive Officer,” Bruce Finzen, the Center’s Board Chair, said in a statement on the organization’s website. ”Peter brings more than three decades of experience as a distinguished reporter, editor, manager and digital leader to the Center. He has exactly the experience and passion for great journalism that is necessary to lead the Center on a continued upward path, and assure that the vital multimedia investigative reporting that the Center is known for will reach an ever expanding audience.”

He’s scheduled to take over for his predecessor, William Buzenberg, in January. Meanwhile, Buzenberg, who has been at the Center’s helm since 2007, will be heading to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston for a fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

NYT Scoops Up Former NPR Exec Kinsey Wilson

NPR’s former vice president and and chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, who was ousted in October, will be the first ever editor for innovation and strategy at The New York Times. Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 12.15.18 PM ”He will be the newsroom’s main liaison on digital matters to the business side of The Times Company,” the Times said in a statement. 

Wilson, who led and transformed NPR’s digital strategy over the last six years, was let go last month as part of a major reorganization at the organization.

“Over the past 20 years Kinsey has been a pioneer in digital journalism and directed news organizations at the highest level. During his time at NPR he oversaw the network’s worldwide news-gathering, programming and digital operations,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times wrote in a memo obtained by CapitalNewYork. He drove the development of the NPR One mobile app, which pioneered a new, personalized digital listening experience. Before joining NPR, Kinsey led USA Today’s digital news strategy and, as executive editor, helped oversee its daily news operations. Before that — starting in the mid-1990s — he played a lead role in developing Congressional Quarterly’s early online strategy. Kinsey was also a reporter for seven years at Newsday. On a personal note, I’ve known Kinsey for more than a decade, and he will be a wonderful colleague.”

Luke Russert’s Final ‘Daily Rundown’ Sign Off

Luke-Russert2For its last broadcast to originate out of DC, NBC’s The Daily Rundown ended Friday morning with a Luke Russert monologue thanking  Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd. Russert said it was honor to guest-host the show.

Starting next Monday, the show, which began in 2010, will be hosted by José Díaz-Balart based out of Miami.

(Video via Mediaite)

CQ Roll Call Names David Ellis as Chief Content Officer

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CQ Roll Call announced today that their current vice president of news, David Ellis, would be promoted to chief content officer. Ellis will replace David Rapp in the top editorial position.

“David Ellis has brought world class expectations for innovation and collaboration to our news operation, while holding a deep respect for our history and our culture of collaboration,” says Keith White, managing director and executive vice president. “He is the perfect person to help propel us to the future.”

“David not only understands CQ Roll Call and its unique position in Washington journalism, he knows where it needs to go,” adds outgoing Chief Content Officer David Rapp. “I couldn’t be happier leaving the newsroom in his capable hands.” Read more

Roll Call’s Abby Livingston to Run Texas Trib’s New DC Bureau

CQ Roll Call’s Abby Livingston is heading over to The Texas Tribune’s newly created DC bureau. Livingston, a Texas native, will be the Tribune’s bureau chief and one-woman-band on the Washington beat.Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 1.36.04 PM

She told Fishbowl DC she’s “most looking forward to writing political stories for the people I care about most: Texans.”

Livingston leaves Roll Call after three years of covering political campaigns and Congress for the Capitol Hill newspaper. Before that, she worked for CNN, National Journal’s The Hotline and NBC Washington.

She’s slated to start work in mid-December, when the Tribune’s DC bureau officially opens for business.

“Our D.C. reporter will keep tabs on the 36 Texans in the U.S. House, the two Texans in the U.S. Senate, and other Texans on the Potomac; provide presidential campaign coverage if — who are we kidding, when — Rick Perry and Ted Cruz hit the trail; and cover the key politics and policy moves in Washington that affect the rest of us back home,” The Tribune said in an announcement posted last week.

The Hill’s Bob Cusack Named Editor in Chief

The Hill today announced that Bob Cusack has been named editor in chief. He’s served as managing editor of the paper since 2004.

Cusack’s promotion came with several other announcements, including the departure of Hugo Gurdon who’s heading to The Examiner. Hill news editor Ian Swanson will replace Cusack as managing editor, and business and lobbying editor Dustin Weaver will fill Swanson’s role. POLITICO’s Scott Wong will now serve as a senior staff writer for The Hill. 

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At 9:04 am, The Hill tweeted the announcement (to the right), and funny enough, misspelled his name (thank you Fishbowl reader for the screen grab!).

The tweet has since been deleted and a new tweet issued, spelling corrected (below).

For more on the promotions and hires, including those on the business end, click on over to The Hill.

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