CQ-Roll Call has hired Fred Barbash, a senior editor at Politico. Before that, he worked as an editor and writer at WaPo. He joins CQ-Roll Call as deputy managing editor of CQ Weekly.

Barbash starts next month.

Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei remarked, “Fred is a terrific editor – and a terrific guy. As an editor and professor, he has shown great passion and skill for training reporters so he will be great in his new leadership role at CQ. We wish him all the best.”

Read the internal memo from CQ-Roll Call Executive Editor Susan Benkelman after the jump…


I’m happy to announce that Fred Barbash, a senior editor at Politico and before that a longtime editor and writer at the Washington Post, will join CQ-Roll Call as deputy managing editor of the CQ Weekly, starting Sept. 20.

When Mike, David Hawkings and I set out to fill the Weekly deputy position, our ideal scenario was that we’d find a serious editor with broad experience, someone who loves policy and explanatory journalism, understands our readership and who gets the Weekly’s unique mission of exploring and explaining a wide range of issues to a stakeholder audience. With Fred we are getting all those things and more.

Fred is one of Washington’s most experienced editors, having served as national editor and business editor at the Post and deputy editor of the Post’s Outlook Section before taking a buyout in 2006. While at the Post, Fred also was national reporter, Supreme Court correspondent and London bureau chief. Moreover, he knows the art of mentoring and instruction; he taught at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism from 2006 to 2008.

He is the author of The Founding, A Dramatic Account of the writing of the Constitution, two books on investing and numerous op-ed, book reviews and Outlook pieces. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in political science and Asian studies.

Please join us in welcoming Fred to the CQ newsroom next month.

Susan