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Politico’s Kady Details Internal Shuffle

Politico Congressional Editor Martin Kady details the internal shifting of some reporters. He also gives a heartfelt sendoff to Meredith Shiner, who’s going to work for Roll Call. “Meredith has a special place in POLITICO’s heart, starting off here working as Glenn Thrush’s unpaid intern,” Kady wrote, referring to one of Politico‘s White House scribes. “She not only didn’t run screaming from the confines of Thrushworld, she thrived, and quickly made her way into full time reporting.” Kady also gives her props for going to Tucson on two hours notice to cover the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Other changes: Seung Min Kim transfers from the publication’s Arena section to become a congressional reporter. Reid Epstein, a new hire from Newsday, will join Jennifer Epstein and Gregg Birnbaum on the breaking news team. By Labor Day, Reid will relocate to the Congress team. Meanwhile, Erika Lovley moves to the Arena section.

See the lengthy memo from Kady…

Hey all, We have a bunch of comings and goings to announce for the
Congress team and the rest of the newsroom: First off, Meredith Shiner
is departing POLITICO for Roll Call to be one of their Senate
reporters. Meredith has a special place in POLITICO’s heart, starting
off here working as Glenn Thrush’s unpaid intern. She not only didn’t
run screaming from the confines of Thrushworld, she thrived, and
quickly made her way into full time reporting. She was an essential
component in POLITICO’s health care coverage, helping out with Morning
Pulse and daily stories, covering everything we asked – including
Christmas Eve votes and Senate roll calls during a Saturday blizzard.
She continued with the Congress team during the remainder of her 20
months here but some of her most memorable stories came from well
outside the Beltway. Meredith jumped on a plane to Tucson on two
hours’ notice after the Gabby Giffords shooting; she flew to Madison
on a moment’s notice to cover the Wisconsin labor protests when that
was the hottest political story in the country, and she was POLITICO’s
boots on the ground for Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral election in Chicago.
We’ll miss her aggressive coverage and spirited attitude, not to
mention her occasional tirades about Duke basketball and the Chicago
Bulls. On the other side of the revolving door, we’re happy to
announce that Seung Min Kim is transferring from POLITICO’s Arena to
become a congressional reporter. Seung Min will concentrate mainly on
House breaking news, but will certainly fill in wherever we need news
coverage on Capitol Hill. Seung Min has impressed on every stop at
POLITICO, first starting as a webteam producer, moving on to Arena,
and now to the Congress team. She spent much of her youth in Iowa but
insists she never set foot on a farm and never attended the Iowa State
Fair. She’s a graduate of the University of Iowa and has a graduate
degree from American University. Also new to the POLITICO newsroom is
Reid Epstein, who joins the growing group of Newsday alum who have
found a home at POLITICO. In the short term, Reid will join Jennifer
Epstein and Gregg Birnbaum on the breaking news team, which has become
an essential part of keeping POLITICO’s home page up to speed and in
the moment on everything that’s popping in politics. By Labor Day,
Reid will join the Congress team as a reporter, likely filling in as
our third Senate reporter. Further, the revolving door brings a change
for one of our congressional reporters, Erika Lovley. Erika has
decided to bring her aggressive reporting style and creative eye to
the Arena section, where she will join David Mark in helping run our
highly trafficked running conversation with opinion makers and power
brokers. Erika produced some of the most ambitious and enterprising
coverage of the Capitol Hill campus beat over the past few years, and
we look forward to her digging in on Arena.

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