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Mike Zapler: Politico’s Nice Guy Finishes First

Mike Zapler, deputy tech editor for Politico Pro, is moving across the newsroom to become the new deputy Congress editor. Editor-in-Chief John Harris called it bittersweet news — too bad for Pro, but good news for the Congress team. He noted the positive aspect of the move, saying, “The more cross-pollination we can do, the better the two sides of our newsroom can work together – as we’ve done so well in covering SOPA this week.”

In a compliment we haven’t seen before from Politico, Harris, after mentioning Zapler’s skills and “writer’s touch,” called him “one of the nicest people you’re likely to meet.”

He begins his new position on Feb. 1.

In the meantime, Politico is on the hunt for his replacement.

Read the internal memo…

Gang,

We’re writing with some bittersweet news for Pro – and some great news for the Congress team.

Mike Zapler, who’s done terrific work as Pro’s deputy tech editor, will move across the newsroom on Feb. 1 to become the deputy Congress editor.  Mike is a veteran reporter and a terrific writer, and he made the move to editing quite effortlessly when we drafted him to do so last year.  He’s going to be a great addition to the Congress team.  While many of you think of Mike as a tech expert – and he is – he developed that expertise as a political reporter in California and DC.  Mike came to us from the San Jose Mercury News, where he worked his way up from covering city hall to covering the state capitol (think Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the always-interesting California legislature) to covering Washington.  That was his second tour of duty covering Congress; straight out of college, he covered Harry Reid as the the congressional correspondent for States News Service back in the 1990s.

As our tech reporters know, Mike brings a writer’s touch to all of the stories he handles.  He’s also one of the nicest people you’re likely to meet.

So as much as Tim and Elizabeth will miss him on the Tech team, we’re confident that Marty and the Congress team will be very happy to have him working on our Hill coverage.  And we’re all excited to have another ambassador from Pro cross over to core POLITICO.  The more cross-pollination we can do, the better the two sides of our newsroom can work together – as we’ve done so well in covering SOPA this week.

Please join us all in wishing Mike the best.  And if you’re interested in the soon-to-be-open deputy tech editor, please drop a note to Tim or Elizabeth.

John, Jim
Tim, Bill, Danielle, Marty

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