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The Revolving Door

David Eldridge Leaves TWT for Roll Call

In a letter to staff, Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni announced yesterday the hiring of David Eldridge away from The Washington Times, where he had been assistant editor on the politics desk.* She also announced several promotions and newsroom re-organizations.

Eldridge, who starts his new gig on March 31st, will now serve as Roll Call‘s House editor. He will work with Emma Dumain, Dan Newhouser, and Matt Fuller on the “218″ blog, and be their main point of contact for short and long-term projects. He comes to Roll Call amidst a transition for the paper. Bellantoni herself started a mere 8 weeks ago, and a major re-org had already happened right before she arrived. That blueprint was augmented somewhat by the sudden departure of Peter Anthony last week, and now, with a flurry of promotions and the hiring of Eldridge, Bellantoni is attempting to right the ship.

Eldridge is leaving an arguably more troubled paper, also in the midst of major renovation. TWT Editor John Solomon has been trying to reinvent his conservative daily as a multimedia investigative enterprise since he was brought on last summer.

There were more adjustments and promotions announced yesterday as well, though they are a bit too numerous for us to regurgitate here. For more detail on the latest Roll Call re-org, check out Bellantoni’s letter to staff, after the jump.

*Update 2:49: This post previously said that David Eldridge was most recently the managing editor of TWT‘s website. That was inaccurate. Though he was once the managing editor of the website, he is now assistant editor on the politics desk. The current managing editor of the site is Ian Bishop.

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Defense One Adds Contributors, Expands Editorial Staff

Defense One has added two new contributors, according to a press release today:

Executive Editor Kevin Baron this week announced the addition of Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Sarah Chayes as contributors to the site. Lemmon, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, will cover the national security nexus in the Middle East. Chayes, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and former special adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will write a series of articles on corruption and conflict across global hot spots involving the U.S. military.

At the same time, the defense industry pub announced the hiring of two editors. Technology Editor Patrick Tucker, former deputy editor of The Futurist,was brought on in February. And News Editor Ben Watson, a U.S. Army and Afghanistan war veteran, joined in early March from NPR.

WJLA’s Natasha Barrett Leaving for Hometown ABC Affiliate

barrettWJLA’s Natasha Barrett will soon become the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at the ABC affiliate in her home town of Houston. Currently, Barrett contributes live reports to ABC 7 News at 5 and 6 pm and hosts the daily talk show, “Let’s Talk Live,” at 11 am on NewsChannel 8.

According to a memo sent out by ABC7′s General Manager Bill Lord, “Natasha has done a little bit of everything for us at WJLA and it all added up to a whole bunch of something good. Reporting, anchoring, hosting, consumer reporting, cooking segments, alpaca wrangling and much, much more. Did I mention how proud she was of her on-air alcohol consumption on Let’s Talk Live? Does anyone supervise that show? All that plus the smiling face and upbeat personality that charmed us all. Natasha has been a great friend to everyone here and we will all miss her. Please join me in wishing her a bon voyage. Her last day here will be March 28th.”

Lord confirmed that the outlet won’t fill her role per se but does have a new hire in mind. We’ll make sure to update when we learn the news.

In the meantime, congratulations to Natasha on her new gig!

Buetler to New Republic

Salon’s Brian Buetler has been picked up by The New Republic. From the press release:

Franklin Foer, Editor of The New Republic, announced today that Brian Beutler will join the company’s editorial team as a Senior Editor in April. At The New Republic, Beutler will write daily about U.S. politics and policy, with a focus on Congress, the White House, elections, and political movements. “Brian has that rare ability to both report, quickly and deeply, and to produce original analysis,” says Foer. “He’s one of Washington’s most promising talents.”  

Prior to Salon, Beutler worked Talking Points Memo as a Senior Congressional Reporter.  His first day will be April 7th.

Waters Turning RealClear

Relax y’all! We know you were freaking out about our previous post regarding Governing magazine, wherein we told  you about the hiring of a new publisher, Mark Funkhouser.

“Governing magazine has hired Dr. Mark Funkhouser, the former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, as publisher. He replaces outgoing publisher Erin Waters, who resigned in February,” we said then.

“But what about Erin Waters?!?!?!?” was undoubtedly your reaction. “Where is she going????”

Well now we know the answer: RealClearPolitics. They announced today that Waters has started at the company in the newly-created position of Director of Product and Business Development in Washington, DC.

“We’re excited to add Erin’s name to the list of top-notch professionals who’ve joined RealClearPolitics recently,” said Tom Bevan, co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics. “As we grow our coverage in DC and expand into new verticals, Erin will play a key role in these products and business development.”

We’re sure there’s a better Real Clear + Waters joke in here somewhere, but we can’t put one together right now. Feel free to do so in the comments.

Meredith Shiner Out at Roll Call

It seems that this might be the beginning of another hemorrhage at Roll Call. We reported two days ago on the explosive exit  of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Now, in an email to sources, Congressional writer Meredith Shiner announced her departure from the org.* She warned people that while her CQ Roll Call email address will remain open for another month, any emails sent there could and probably would be reviewed internally and that no one should have any expectation of privacy. Shiner joined Roll Call in 2011 after nearly two years at Politico.

*Update 7:12 p.m. : Meredith wrote us to say that her departure was not sudden. We’ve edited the post to reflect that. Her full e-mail to sources after the jump, plus the announcement from Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni after the jump…

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Musical Publishers at Governing Mag

More top of the masthead shuffling at Governing. Associate Publisher for Finance Erica Pyatt has left, according to sources at the mag. She is heading over to McMurry/TMG as part of their biz dev team. This comes two weeks after top Publisher Erin Waters left for RealClearPolitics, and just days after the hiring of her replacement, former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser. Pyatt’s duties are being folded under Mary Noel, Associate Publisher for Technology.

WaPo‘s Unnamed Tankersley Project Beefs Up

Jim Tankersley‘s unnamed data-driven story-telling project at WaPo (let’s call it “Project Y”) has brought on two new faces ahead of its early spring launch.

Jeffrey Guo is coming on as a number-cruncher and chart-maker. And Ryan McCarthy has been hired as an assistant business editor with responsibility for Project Y as well as Wonkblog. Guo is coming off of a yearlong fellowship as a reporter and researcher at the New Republic, while McCarthy most recently served as deputy editor of Reuters.com.

McCarthy starts March 31st and Guo will start April 7.

The Chronicle Gets BGov’s Dan Parks

The Chronicle of Philanthropy announced today the appointment of Dan Parks to the newly created role of Managing Editor. Parks most recently served as managing editor at Bloomberg Government. He has also worked in editing roles at Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly. 

This makes the second high profile editor to leave the Bloomberg world in as many days. Yesterday, CQ Roll Call announced that they had hired Bloomberg News’ David Ellis -who had previously served as editor-at-large of their Washington bureau.

Parks will assume his role at The Chronicle of Philanthropy on Monday, March 17.

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