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Roll Call Editor Resigns for Job at NPR

Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery is leaving for a senior staff position at NPR. This is no doubt a big loss for the Roll Call newsroom where he was thought to be a morale center and curator of young talent. As of late, there have been a slew of layoffs at CQ Roll Call among sales personnel. He is said to be leaving on good terms. The position at NPR is significant and hard for him to pass up. Sources say he was not nudged out or laid off.

Montgomery first came to CQ in 2000 as an editor for CQ Weekly, then moved to CQ‘s parent company, the St. Petersburg Times, before returning to CQ Roll Call in 2009. In the fall of 2010 Scott was named Editor of Roll Call on the heels of Charlie Mitchell, who, to the dismay of the newsroom, was pushed out.

A newsroom employee who formerly worked with Mitchell in Editorial gave him a glowing review, but only agreed to speak about him anonymously: “Scott Montgomery is a fantastic editor. When Charlie Mitchell left, there was chaos, but Scott stepped in keep the newspaper moving forward. He kept Roll Call true to its mission and his improvements were felt in every corner of the newsroom. Roll Callers, old and new, are going to miss him. NPR is getting a first rate editor.”

Susan Benkelman will lead CQ/Roll Call during the interim period until a permanent head is named.

We reached out to CQ Roll Call PR. They had no additional comment.

UPDATE: See the memo…

Folks –

Sadly, I must report Scott Montgomery, editor of Roll Call, is leaving to
take a senior leadership role with NPR Digital. Scott first came to CQ in
2000 as an editor on CQ Weekly, then moved to CQ’s parent company, the St. Petersburg Times, before returning to the CQ part of CQ Roll Call in 2009. In the Fall of 2010 Scott was named Editor of Roll Call. Over the last two years, Scott had many accomplishments: leading the redesign of the website, recasting the Heard on the Hill column and launching it as a blog, creating the Influence and Lobbying team (an idea later replicated by our
competitor), leading a push into social media that has resulted in over 100,000 twitter followers today. He has also been working closely on the upcoming redesign and leaves us in great shape for that launch. We appreciate Scott’s significant contributions during his tenure, and we will all miss his easy, effective leadership style — I have yet to meet the person that disliked Scott Montgomery. His last day will be next Friday, September 21, and we will select an appropriate time to send him off. I have no doubt he will make great contributions in his new role with NPR.

Scott’s directs will now report to Susan Benkelman, and she will head Roll
Call during the interim period prior to our naming the head of the new
combined publication.
Keith White

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