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For a Fun Time at D.C. BuzzFeed, Call Benny

BuzzFeed has hired yet another employee for its Washington bureau. It’s Benny Johnson who will purportedly be an “exciting addition” and who will “bring a lot fun” to the D.C. Bureau. He starts on January 3.

What, John Stanton isn’t enough fun?

What he’ll do and who is he? “Johnson is an associate editor in BuzzFeed‘s Washington, D.C. Bureau focusing on viral content and its intersection with DC politics. Benny brings seven years of collaborative news writing, new media editing, viral reporting and video production experience, most recently at The Blaze. Benny grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Iowa with a degree in organic chemistry & developmental psychology.”

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith says Benny will make a fine addition to the bureau. “Benny is a great native talent of the social web with politics in his blood,” he told FishbowlDC. “He’s perfectly positioned to work with John Stanton and our DC bureau to make the sort of smart, entertaining, and compelling political content people want to share.”

And a quote from smooth Benny himself…Benny Johnson’s reaction to his hire: “Few topics resonate on a social level more effectively than politics. BuzzFeed provides the platform for a truly dynamic brand of political and cultural reporting, unique in the media landscape. I very much look forward to working with the technology, passion and brilliance of the BuzzFeed team and continuing to build a BuzzFeed brand of viral political news.”

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