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The Revolving Door

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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J.J. Gould Named Atlantic Digital Editor

Newly installed Atlantic co-presidents Bob Cohn and James Bennett announced today that  J.J. Gould will be the new editor for TheAtlantic.com. Cohn was formerly the digital editor, while Gould had been executive editor for the site.

Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, and he has also written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow TimesThe Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory.

The move comes amid much reshuffling over at Atlantic Media. The departure of Bruce Gottlieb led to a game of musical chairs at the top of the masthead earlier this month, and just yesterday we reported that CTO Tom Cochran had left to go to the State Department.

 

State Department Steals Atlantic Media CTO

Tom Cochran, formerly the CTO of Atlantic Media, has a new job at the State Department. He will now serve as the Managing Director of the department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Cochran, as he previously worked in the White House as Director of New Media Technologies. There he led the team of people that created the “We the People” petition website.

“It’s bittersweet to leave such a great group of colleagues,” Cochran told co-workers in an email last week. “But I was presented with another terrific position in the Administration.”

Cochran’s hiring is part of an effort by the State department, according to TIME‘s Zeke J Miller, “to bring American foreign policy—in particular outreach to non-citizens—into the modern era.” Check out that story here.

New Senior Editor at Scientific American

Josh Fischman is joining the Scientific American staff today as a Senior Editor. He was previously Deputy Editor in Chief of Chemical & Engineering News, where he supervised its worldwide coverage. He has also worked for The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S News &World Report, Earth, Science, and Discover. He will be based out of Nature Publishing Group’s offices here in DC.

Congrats on the new gig Josh!

HuffPost Hires Data Scientist Ahead of ’14, ’16 Elections

Huffington Post’s Senior Polling Director, Mark Blumenthal, announced today that Marist analyst Natalie Jackson has been hired as HuffPost’s Senior Data Scientist.

“Natalie’s full-time presence on the Pollster team will help us to improve and expand HuffPost’s polling aggregation and modeling,” Blumenthal said.  ”At a time when statistical models used to forecast elections have gained great prominence, she will help Pollster leverage our unique knowledge of and experience with pre-election polls.”

Jackson has a PhD in statistical methods from the University of Oklahoma and, prior to joining Marist, she did post-doctoral work at Duke University. Her first day is May 12.

AFP Moves MacMillan from DC to Tehran

Arthur MacMillan, senior news editor in Washington at Agence France-Presse, has been appointed Tehran Deputy Bureau Chief, and will take up his new post next month. Arthur previously served as a correspondent in Baghdad and as an Asia editor for AFP based in Hong Kong. He is on Twitter @arthurmacmillan and moves to Iran after nearly three years in the United States.

Good luck on the new gig, Arthur!

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