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The Revolving Door

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)

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CQ Roll Call Names David Ellis as Chief Content Officer

David Ellis

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.

Former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg Join Edelman’s Public Affairs Practice

bronze_doorEdelman today announced that former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg will join the firm as strategic advisors. In the newly created roles, the former senators will provide public policy advice and communications counsel to on a per client basis.

“This opportunity enables us to provide Edelman’s clients with a better understanding of Congress and how best to communicate on a wealth of complex public policy issues,” said Sen. Gregg, who represented New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate from 1993 – 2011, and prior to that, served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The news comes days after an announcement that White House director of broadcast media Dag Vega is set to join Burson-Marsteller as managing director of its Washington office. Vega’s last day with the White House is Friday, June 25 and he’ll join Burson in early August.

Vega is succeeded by Andrea Purse, coming to the White House from American Progress, where she served as vice president of communications.

Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO

Via the press release:

The board of directors of NPR announced today that it had selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. Mohn is currently chairman of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and has had a life-long career in media, including serving as founding president and chief executive officer of Liberty Digital and president and chief executive officer of E! Entertainment Television…

…Mohn, 62 years old, will begin his term at NPR in July and will succeed Paul G. Haaga Jr., who has been acting chief executive officer and president since last year.

“This is not a job for me.  It is a mission.  I love public radio and NPR.  It is a national treasure and more important now than ever,” said Mohn. “I want to make sure the staff of NPR, the Member Stations and the others who make it happen have everything they need to do their best work.”

Bloomberg News Announces Promotions in DC Bureau

Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler and Senior Executive Editor Laurie Hays announced this week a series of promotions to lead its Washington bureau.

Winnie O’Kelley was named executive editor for all U.S. government, legal and regulatory stories, Craig Gordon will be managing editor for Washington news and Jonathan Allen was named Washington bureau chief. In addition, Michael Shepard and Nicholas Johnston were named new deputy managing editors, and will work together with current Deputy Managing Editor Jeanne Cummings to run the coverage.

Allen and Gordon both came to Bloomberg from Politico -Allen was Washington Bureau Chief and Gordon was Managing Editor, while O’Kelley joined Bloomberg from NYT last year.

AP Taps David Scott As Political Editor

The AP announced today that David Scott, a long time Regional Editor, has been named Political Editor for the news agency. Scott had been based in Chicago overseeing the AP’s Central Region. He will move to Washington to take over his new duties and report to Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee.

“The political editor job is a critical one for AP — directing our national political coverage, advising states on political reporting and working with colleagues on our race-calling, accountability, vote count and polling operations,” Buzbee said. “It requires superb news skills, keen interest in both politics and policy, and strong competitive instincts. We are thrilled David is taking it on.”

Scott joined the AP in 1999 as a staff reporter before being elevated to North Carolina News Editor in 2005. He has been a Regional Editor since 2009.

Cosmo.com to Cover Hard News and Politics

Cosmopolitan announced today that they will start covering hard news, politics, and women’s rights issues on their website. Jill Filipovic has been hired as a senior writer to cover the hard news beat. She is currently a weekly columnist for The Guardian and edits the website Feministe. She has also written for Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera America, the Nation, New York magazine, and Salon, among other outlets. Filipovic will be based out of Cosmo’s offices in New York and will report to work May 1st.

Ex-Fishbowler Garrett Graff Leaves Washingtonian

Michael Calderone broke the news today that Washingtonian Editor-in-Chief -and more significantly, former FishbowlDC Editor -Garrett Graff is leaving that magazine after 5 years in the top editorial spot.

Graff also told City Paper that he doesn’t yet have concrete plans on what’s next, but that he is “looking forward to a new challenge, wherever that may lie.” He says that he will probably spend a good part of his time finished up his third book -a history of the Cold War -for Simon and Schuster.

Graff edited this blog from January 2005 to May 2006, when Patrick Gavin took over. His life after Fishbowl includes a long-running stint at Georgetown University where he teaches classes on digital media, several published books, and the gig at Washingtonian starting in 2009.

Senior Editors Sherri Dalphonse and Kristin Hinman will serve as co-editors for the mag for now while Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams searches for a new editor.

Read Williams’ memo announcing the news after the jump…

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