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Politico Hires Jeanne Cummings

From the release:

    Allbritton Communications announced today that Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal will join The Politico and www.politico.com as chief lobbying and money correspondent.

    Cummings, the chief money and politics reporter for The Wall Street Journal, will direct a new, five-person team dedicated to covering the lobbying industry and others paid to influence and shape politics and public policy.

    The Politico and Politico.com, already the nation’s go-to source for news on Congress and campaigns, will be greatly expanding its coverage of lobbying in the months ahead. In addition to hiring Cummings, the company announced that it will enhance its coverage of the defense industry and its legislative agenda, and create a regularly updated feature on Politico.com highlighting the latest news and moves in lobbying.

    The company also plans to appoint a senior reporter to cover business developments and trends shaping the lobbying industry.

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    “While other publications put out press releases about new plans to cover the complex world of lobbying only to hire young reporters with scant experience, we are bringing aboard sophisticated reporters to write about a very important and sophisticated industry,” said Robert Allbritton, chief executive officer of Allbritton Communications. “Cummings has established herself as one of the smartest and most authoritative reporters in Washington over the past decade.”

    Cummings is a household name in political journalism. Her award-winning coverage has ranged from documenting the rise of well-financed independent political organizations to dissecting presidential candidate fundraising to tracking a wave of new companies opening lobbying shops in Washington.

    She joined The Journal’s Washington Bureau in 1997 as a political reporter and moved to the White House beat a year later. In 2000, she won the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, the highest honor for daily White House correspondents, for her coverage of the Clinton Administration.
    She also earned a journalism award for her part in covering the Enron scandal and its connections to the Bush Administration.

    Prior to working for The Wall Street Journal, Cummings worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first in Atlanta covering politics and the governor’s office and then in its Washington Bureau where she tracked the career of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In 1997, she won a National Press Club award for groundbreaking coverage of Gingrich’s complex financial and political support network and the House ethics investigation of it.

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