An internal memo from POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin this morning announced Rachel Van Dongen‘s promotion to deputy managing editor. Van Dongen was most recently Congress editor and deputy politics editor.
In her new role, she will work closely with Smolkin and alongside deputy managing editor Laura McGann. POLITICO’s Gregg Birnbaum, Dianna Heitz, Laura McGann and Nirvi Shah also serve in the role of deputy managing editor.
Van Dongen’s outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team going forward.
See the full memo, after the jump.
From: Rachel Smolkin
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:57 AM
Subject: Staff news
We are delighted to announce that Rachel Van Dongen is being promoted to deputy managing editor and will oversee the print edition of POLITICO.
Rachel has shown strong editorial and leadership skills in her time as Congress editor and deputy politics editor, and we’re excited to watch her apply that same vision and energy to running and reshaping the paper. Her new role will be somewhat different than past iterations of this job – we have asked RVD to work closely with Rachel Smolkin and Laura McGann to identify and develop strong front-page stories, including stories that can lead the website. She’ll be in touch with teams across the newsroom to achieve that goal.
We have also been very pleased over the past few weeks to watch the creativity and collegiality shown by Bill Kuchman on the design desk. We are promoting him to AME for design, and he will work hand-in-hand with RVD to put out a paper that showcases the best we have to offer each day. He’s encouraging us to do much more with graphics and advance planning for art, and he’ll be reaching out to many of you to move us in that direction.
RVD will begin to transition to her new role on Monday. Her outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team as we begin the formal process of filling Rachel’s job.
Please join us in congratulating RVD and Bill K.
Rachel, Rick & Bill
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