Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkopf announced today that senior security and foreign policy writer Yochi Dreazen has been named Deputy Editor of News for the magazine. Dreazen has been at FP since last August, and before that wrote for The Atlantic and National Journal. He also worked for the Wall Street Journal for eleven years, embedding with troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan before covering the Pentagon and State Department beats. In his new job, Dreazen will oversee an upcoming expansion of FP‘s team of global reporters.
The Revolving Door
As we reported earlier today, Richard Just has just been brought on as editor of National Journal’s magazine. And if this internal memo from Editor in Chief Tim Grieve is any indication, NJ feels they’ve scored quite a coup. Grieve is clearly stoked to bring Just on board, and though he acknowledges that Just and Deputy Editor Andie Coller have a lot of work to do to “reinvent” the mag, he also promises that “they’re going to have all the resources to do it right.”
From the memo:
This is major. Richard is one of the best magazine editors in the country. He was the editor of Newsweek. Before that, he was the editor of The New Republic. He comes to us with the strongest possible endorsements from some of the nation’s most accomplished magazine writers. And he comes to us brimming with ideas for making National Journal the most vibrant, most compelling, most essential policy-and-politics magazine anywhere.
Someone’s ears must be burning! Read the whole memo after the jump…
Just was most recently editor of Newsweek, and before that, The New Republic. He will lead the magazine through a redesign this spring with Deputy Magazine Editor Andie Coller. He will also oversee the hiring of additional staff editors and reporters over the next several months.
“It’s an exciting time to join National Journal given the opportunity and resources on hand to be bold and creative while maintaining the foundation on which this venerable brand was built nearly 50 years ago,” Just said. “As we reengineer the magazine, our focus will be on making it a source for long-form writing about politics that is enlightening, challenging, informative, and (as all great magazine journalism should be) truly fun to read.”
Just’s first day is March 10. Congratulations Richard!
The Washington Post announced today that they have assembled an overnight news team to ”enliven, expand and diversify the news offered to readers overnight and into the morning hours.” In other words, these folks are gunna stay up all night so you crazy news junkies have something to read at 4:00 in the morning. Fred Barbash was hired from Reuters in January to lead the team. And while some of the group are already in house, others will be joining in the coming weeks.
Here’s the team:
Lindsey Bever will be on national news. She is a recent Columbia Journalism School graduate, where she earned a Masters in Digital Media. Prior to that, she spent more than three years at the Dallas Morning News.
Terrence McCoy will be on foreign news. He joins the Post from the Miami New Times and was a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Soraya Nadia McDonald will be on entertainment, culture and the arts. She is currently an assistant systems editor at the Post, and has also written on pop culture. She previously worked as a sports writer for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, CA.
Gail Sullivan will be on business news. She comes to WaPo from CQ Roll Call, where she covered banking and finance for the Washington Banking Briefing. Before that, she was a crack researcher and fact-checker at CQ Roll Call, and wrote for CQ Weekly Magazine.
The photo editor will be Nick Kirkpatrick. He has been a freelancer and contractor for the Post and will now be full time. His other clients have included The Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera English.
And the graphics editor will be Pam Tobey. She joins the overnight team from the dayside Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team at the Post. She began her career at WaPo 29 years ago, and has worked on the print side creating information graphics, illustrations and other visuals.
The overnight team is expected to kick into full gear next month. Congratulations to you all on the new gigs!
WFED 1500 AM, better known as Federal News Radio, announced yesterday the hiring of Jason Fornicola as the station’s first ever Director of Custom Media. In the new position, Fornicola will be tasked with creating sponsored content for advertisers and placing it on air, as well as on the WFED website. The hire is indicative of a trend among DC publications -Politico and The Washington Times, for example -who are moving towards using sponsored content, also called “native advertising” or “custom media,” as a source of revenue.
Fornicola is not exactly new to WFED. He was formerly the Communications Specialist for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Since 2006, he has been the host and producer of “Inside Government,” AFGE’s award-winning weekly radio program on Federal News Radio.
Federal News Radio is targeted towards an audience of federal managers and contractors seeking news and information about the business of the federal government. Its website, FederalNewsRadio.com, features local and national federal news, original content, blogs and audio archives of all its programming. Federal News Radio and its sister station WTOP are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio.
Martin Kady, editor of Politico Pro, announced today that Marjorie Censer has been hired as Defense Editor. She previously wrote for WaPo‘s Capital Business, where she covered the defense industry for the past four years. She is also a former managing editor for Inside the Army, where she led a team of reporters covering Army policy and programs. Censer comes on board as Pro is shifting focus a bit in their defense coverage. While they will still have a reporter dedicated to the Pentagon, their coverage will now focus more heavily on the Hill, where greater emphasis will be placed on defense policy, spending, and influence.
Marjorie’s first day is March 10.
The Washington Post has announced 6 new hires and promotions over the last day and a half. The shuffling of reporting talent comes a little less than a month after Executive Editor Marty Baron announced the paper would be making “impressive investments” in the paper’s online resources and expanding its Sunday magazine. The pace of hiring at the paper, which was already brisk, has increased even more since then.
Here’s a rundown of the newest additions and adjustments to the WaPo family:
Jason Millman is joining Wonkblog from Politico. He has also worked at Thompson Publishing Group and The Hill, and will be covering healthcare.
Emily Badger is also joining Wonkblog. Badger, a former WaPo Sports intern-turned-freelance-writer, was most recently at The Atlantic Cities blog. She will be covering urban policy.
Monica Hesse, a writer for the Style section and the author of two young adult books, will become an enterprise reporter at the National desk.
Lenny Bernstein will be launching a new health and wellness blog. He previously wrote a fitness column and worked as an editor on the National, Local and Sports desks.
And Alyssa Rosenberg will be joining the Opinions section as a pop culture blogger. She joins The Post from ThinkProgress.org, where she has been the Features Editor and has her own blog on culture.
The Washington Times added a new opinion writer to their staff yesterday. Cliff May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times will write a new weekly column called “Foreign Desk.” The hire comes a week after TWT brought on Steve Deace, a conservative radio host from the Midwest.
“I’m excited to be writing for The Washington Times, a venerable and increasingly important journalistic institution,” May said. “I look forward to engaging with the Times’ readers on foreign affairs, national security and America’s role in the world.”
Aside from The New York Times, May has also written for the National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, USA Today, The Atlantic. He is also the co-editor of a book on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as a book on energy policy.
Congratulations Cliff, and we look forward to reading your stuff!
WaPo announced yet another addition to their online political team today. Katie Zezima has been brought on the cover the White House. National Editor Cameron Barr, Deputy National Editor Anne Kornblut and Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg said in their announcement that Zezima will be “the online leader of our coverage during the day,” and will be expected to break news, profile West Wing personalities, and pen analytical pieces. She will also be part of WaPo‘s digital strike force -a group of reporters within the paper who respond to breaking political news.
Zezima comes from the Associated Press, where she was on the Chris Christie beat. She has also spent spent several years working for The New York Times in Boston, and was a 2011-2012 Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.
Her first day will be March 17th.
Katherine Nicholls, President and COO of Niche Media, the parent company of Capitol File magazine, announced today that The Week‘s Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been named Publisher of Capitol File. As Publisher, Jacobs will oversee all print and digital sales and marketing functions for the magazine.
Jacobs’s hire, along with that of Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp last year, is meant as a show of dedication to the Capitol File brand, an inside source at Niche says. Both women bring years of experience to their jobs and will oversee an era of redoubled investment in Cap File and the DC market.
Jacobs’s predecessor, Heather Zahn left late last year after a tenure of only a few months. Zahn, a former Cap File Associate Publisher, had been promoted to replace Sarah Schaffer, who, after two years as Publisher, left to pursue other interests. Lou DeLone, an Austin-based Group Publisher for Niche Media has been advising Cap File since Zahn’s departure. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Niche Media.