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Easley Leaves The Hill for Morning Consult

Jonathan Easley has left The Hill, where he had been covering healthcare policy since 2011, to become health editor for the Morning Consult, FBDC has learned. Morning Consult -a daily health policy briefing – was founded by pollster Michael Ramlet in 2009 and recently expanded their coverage to the energy sector as well.

Easley has also written for Roll Call and Salon, and prior to his career in journalism, worked for ten years in the finance sector. He takes over from former health editor Meghan McCarthy, who has been promoted to managing editor.

Goldston To Succeed Sherwood as ABC News Prez

Ben Sherwood announced today that SVP for Content and Development James Goldston is the next in line to become President of ABC News. Sherwood has been President since 2010 and was recently promoted to President of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Prior to his gig as SVP, Goldston served as Executive Producer of both “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” He will now be responsible for all editorial and business decisions in ABC’s News Division, which includes all ABC News programs on ABC, ABC News Radio and abcnews.com.

Read the full memo from Ben Sherwood after the jump.

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TPM’s Bobic Picked Up By HuffPo

Igor Bobic of Talking Points Memo will be joining the Huffington Post Politics team as an associate editor, FBDC has learned. Bobic has worked for the past three years at TPM, most recently as an assistant editor. His first day will be April 30th.

UPDATE: 11:55 AM: Here’s the full announcement from HuffPo DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim:

Some awesome news to share: TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic will be joining our team as Associate Editor, reporting to Paige.   He’ll be working on the politics page and breaking news.

Igor joined TPM in 2011 as an intern and was quickly promoted to Assistant Editor.  At TPM, he was in charge of the breaking news team.  He’s originally from San Diego, loves the beach and tries to get to the ocean whenever he can.  He came to the United States when he was 7 during the Bosnian war.

He’ll be starting April 30th.   When he starts, stop by and say hello…not just on gmail! 

Quartz’s Ferdman to Wonkblog

robertoQuartz’s Roberto Ferdman has been picked up by Wonkblog as a staff writer. In an announcement today, the Washington Post said Ferdman, who had been based in New York, would move down in June. While at Quartz, Ferdman covered an eclectic array of topics (dog food, most recently), and will do so again in his capacity at Wonkblog. His beat there will include consumer business, the economics of food, Latin American development and immigration. His first day at WaPo will be June 9th.

GovExec Expands Event Staff

Government Executive Media Group (GEMG), which includes Government Executive magazine, NextGov, and Defense One, is hiring more event staff ahead of their next Excellence in Government conference. Kelly Olson, Senior Director of Events for GEMG, announced today the hiring of Frank Konkel as Editor for Events. In this role, Konkel will oversee content production for the conference, which is themed “The Agency of the Future.“

Konkel comes to Government Executive Media Group from 1105 Media’s Federal Computer Week, where he reported on the government’s use of technology, including policies, management strategies and oversight.

NJ Taps Scott Bland to Lead Hotline

blandNational Journal Editor-in-Chief and (now) President Tim Grieve has promoted senior analyst Scott Bland to become editor-in-chief of The Hotline. Grieve made the announcement today, adding that Politico’s Andrea Drusch was being brought on as a senior analyst. Bland had been senior analyst, covering Congressional and gubernatorial races, since 2102 -when he served as editor of House Race Hotline during the elections.

Drusch previously worked as a digital producer for Politico.

Spiering Joins Breitbart Political Team

The Breitbart News Network announced today the hiring of former Washington Examiner reporter Charlie Spiering as the newest addition to the Breitbart News political team led by Washington Editor Jonathan Strong. Spiering worked previously as a reporter for Washington columnist Bob Novak before joining the Washington Examiner in 2009.

Spiering’s hiring is part of an expansion of Breitbart’s political team ahead of the mid-term election and 2016 presidential cycle that will include additional hires and an expansion into polling.

Sarah Kliff’s First Sunday Appearance as Vox Spox

Sarah Kliff was, until recently, a Wonkblogger at WaPo. Then she joined fellow WaPo ex-pat Ezra Klein over at Vox Media, but that site hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet. Nonetheless, Kliff made her Sunday debut last week, representing her new employer on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Sure, it’s just cable for now -but Vox has room to expand their Sunday morning footprint. With Mike Rogers retiring from the circuit, there’ll be a lot of airtime opening up soon…

Check out the whole segment here.

Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

The DC’s Alexis Levinson Jumps to Roll Call

Alexis Levinson, formerly of The Daily Caller, will now cover Senate races for Roll Call, Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni announced today. Levinson had a similar beat at The DC, breaking news about Rep. Phil Gingrey’s Senate campaign staff exodus and traveling to New Hampshire and South Carolina to cover the presidential race.

Bellantoni also announced that Kyle Trygstad has been promoted to Associate Politics Editor. He will continue to serve as lead reporter on Senate campaigns as well.

Allie Robinson was also brought over from CQ as a Copy Editor. Check out the whole memo after the jump…

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