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Roll Call’s Kondracke to Retire

Roll Call‘s Executive Editor and columnist Mort Kondracke is retiring after 20 years at the publication. He will remain a contributor and will continue to appear on FNC. April 1 is his official retiring date. A “toast” is in the works.

Best wishes to Kondracke.

See the internal memo…

All: After nearly 20 years and roughly 2,030 columns, plus almost as many Roll Call editorials, I regret to announce that Mort Kondracke will be retiring from CQ Roll Call. Actually, it’s more like semi-retirement: While Mort is leaving full-time employment and his “Pennsylvania Avenue” column as of April 1, he will remain a frequent contributor and presence at 77 K Street, writing occasional columns, moderating panel discussions, making TV appearances and dispensing his usual wit and wisdom in the newsroom, under the title of senior editor. Mort also will continue to be a contributor on Fox News and is conducting an oral history project for the Jack Kemp Foundation.

Mort arrived at Roll Call in September 1991 and is now the longest-serving person on the Roll Call staff. Previously he was senior and executive editor at The New Republic, Washington bureau chief of Newsweek and White House correspondent of the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Until recently, he’s been Roll Call’s principal presence on TV, first on The McLaughlin Group for 16 years, then nightly on Fox News for the last 15. He has also been a terrific boss boss and mentor to numerous interns, many of whom went on to become Roll Call and CQ staff and editors. Along the way, he also found weekend time to write a best-selling book, “Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson’s Disease,” which became a CBS Sunday Night Movie. Mort also tells me he still gets royalties for appearances in “Dave” and “Independence Day.”

Mort’s column “Pennsylvania Avenue” has long been one of the best-read regular features in Roll Call. As you all know, Mort specialized in advancing the causes of political moderation, bipartisanship, problem-solving and denouncing polarization and incivility.

We will find an appropriate time to toast this new phase in his storied career. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Mort and thanking him for all he has done for Roll Call and for being such an inspiration to so many of us.

Mike Mills (Senior VP and Editorial Director)

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