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Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley announced some big changes at the top of their Washington divisions today. The top-of-the-masthead shuffle is partly a response to the imminent departure of Bruce Gottlieb, who is currently serving as President of National Journal and General Council for Atlantic Media. He will be returning to his roots in policy and government affairs.
National Journal Chief Revenue Office Poppy MacDonald has been promoted to Publisher and Co-President of that publication. She will take on some of Gottlieb’s responsibilities, while continuing to lead NJ’s revenue line, as well as business development, marketing, and advertising. She will also oversee National Journal Live, the pub’s events business.
And NJ Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve will share Presidential responsibility with MacDonald, adding Co-President to his title. He will be responsible for editorial strategy and new editorial products for the brand.
National Journal will also be grouped together with fellow Atlantic Media publication Government Executive under the unified leadership of Tim Hartman.
Hartman, current President of Government Executive Media Group (GEMG), has been named CEO of Atlantic Media’s Washington divisions. He will now add National Journal Group to his portfolio and continue to lead Government Executive as he has for the past two years. The GEMG umbrella also includes online publications Defense One and NextGov.
And finally, Deputy General Counsel Aretae Wyler will succeed Gottlieb as General Counsel of Atlantic Media. She will also continue to serve as Bradley’s chief of staff.
National Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve announced today that they have hired a managing editor to oversee their magazine. Amanda Cormier comes on board as Editor Richard Just and Deputy Editor Andie Coller begin their redesign of NJ mag. She previously wrote for the online magazine BKLYNR, and has also worked at the New Yorker.
Two more hires were announced as well. Jason Plautz will be the new energy reporter. He is currently a reporter at Environment and Energy News after having worked at Inside Climate News and Sports Illustrated. And Emma Roller will come on board from Slate as part of NJ‘s wire team. She edited and wrote for Slate’s Weigel and Moneybox blogs, and has also interned at NPR and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Roller starts on Monday, and Cormier and Plautz will start later in the month.
Kaiser Family Foundation announced last week that NPR health correspondent Julie Rovner will be coming on board as a Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow.
While at NPR, Rovner has reported on health policy and politics in Washington and around the country. Rovner has also served as NPR’s lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is also the author of Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z, published by CQ Press.
Rovner will begin her fellowship in May and will also work as a Senior Correspondent with Kaiser Health News (KHN) and its news partners, covering health policy and politics and doing enterprise reporting for a variety of platforms.
Rusty Humphries, a spokesman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund and a former conservative radio show host from Arizona, has been hired by The Washington Times. Humphries will have a significant role at TWT. He will be a weekly columnist, a blogger and a daily video show host.
Humphries’ appointment is part of Editor John Solomon‘s plan to transform The Washington Times from a conservative relic into a multi-platform juggernaut. The paper has also hired two other contributors in recent weeks. Cliff May will write a foreign affairs column, and Iowa radio host Steve Deace will pen an opinion column, as well as produce radio content for the paper.
Until it ended last October, Humphries’ radio show was the 6th most listened to show in the country, according to Talkers Magazine. He is also a singer/songwriter and creator of the song “Do the Bart Simpson” -yes really. His albums include Bomb Iraq: Rusty Humphries Takes On the Terrorists, and Thank Allah I’m a Jihad Boy.
“Sara first came to Roll Call nearly five years ago, in mid-March 2009.” Bellantoni wrote in an email to staff. “She worked as a copy editor, deputy copy chief and then copy chief, all the while helping us grow, and working with us to make our writing sharper, our papers better and our days brighter. She has caught countless errors, posted countless stories and added countless calories to our diets.” (Apparently Sara was very generous with her beer and baked goods. Sounds like the perfect co-worker to us!)
Sara’s last day at Roll Call will be March 14, and she starts at HuffPo on March 24. Congratulations Sara!
In a Facebook post today, Ben Pershing announced that he is leaving the Washington Post.
Hello everyone, I have some personal news to share. After six excellent years I have decided to leave the Washington Post. The decision wasn’t easy but I felt it was time to pursue a job covering national politics elsewhere. I will keep you all posted on my next move once it’s clear. My last day at the Post is Friday.
“Somewhat to my surprise, and I think to his, Scott Havens has decided to return to New York to accept a (huge) appointment with the new Time Inc. – the (soon-to-be) Time-Warner spin-off of its great and iconic magazine brands,” Bradley wrote.
Havens has been been with Atlantic Media since 2009 and President of The Atlantic since 2012. He will stay on at The Atlantic until the end of March.
Read the whole memo after the jump…
The Atlantic‘s pop culture and politics blog, The Wire, announced yesterday the hiring of two new staffers. Tim Carmody will become a Contributing Editor covering technology, and David Sims a Staff Writer covering entertainment. Carmody has previously written for sites like The Verge and Wired and Sims comes to The Wire via the AV Club and The Chief-Leader.
In the announcement, General Manager Andrew Golis said that the addition of Carmody and Sims is part of an effort to double The Wire’s staff over the next year. The Wire was relaunched and rebranded at the end of last year as a standalone brand, dropping any overt reference to Atlantic Media. They also revamped their website to give it a more mobile-first responsive design. Now they are attempting to expand the site and become a destination for socially driven cultural news.
In addition to new hires in the DC bureau, they will also be putting together a dedicated staff in New York that will collaborate with the DC staff to work on social distribution, product and design. Look for news of more hires in the near future.
Web Technology Director Matt Bowen will be leaving U.S. News & World Report, FishbowlDC has learned. The move comes just a few weeks after the roll-out of a new content management system for the website and the surprising revelation that U.S. News would no longer be hosting any online archives of articles dated before 2007. Both Bowen and U.S. News say that neither of these issues factored in to his decision to leave.
Rather, Bowen says that he is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
“I got a great opportunity at a DC nonprofit and made a personal decision (and it was entirely my decision) to leave U.S. News this spring,” he told FishbowlDC in an email. “I’ve had a wonderful three years with the company and am really proud of our successes.”
And U.S. News Communications Manager Lucy Lyons stressed that Bowen is leaving on good terms.
“Matt is an absolutely wonderful coworker, and it has been an incredible year working with him. He has been a dedicated team member, and he has contributed immensely to our work. We wish him all the best,” she said.
The decision to get rid of the online archives has caused some consternation among outside bloggers and former employees of U.S. News who now no longer have easy access to their past work. But Lyons says that that decision was made by management, not by the tech department.
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