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Bloomberg Steals Roll Call’s Roth

Bennett Roth is leaving his K Street beat with Roll Call for an editor role on Bloomberg’s Congressional Tracking team.  Though he doesn’t begin the new gig until May 31st, sources tell FishbowlDC that a little competitive envy is to blame for his accelerated departure from Roll Call.  A post on Roth’s Facebook profile seems to confirm the rumor:

“As the media world turns – heading to new journalistic adventures at Bloomberg starting date May 31 looks like I may have a two week holiday before that.”

Roth’s career in journalism spans three decades; two of which were spent covering  Washington politics and government. Before  joining Roll Call, he covered Congressional leadership for CQ. Prior to that,  Roth served as a national reporter in the Washington bureau of the Houston Chronicle, where he covered the White House, Congress and four presidential elections. He has also worked for the Dallas Times HeraldBlack River Tribune, Bennington Banner in Vermont, and Albany Times Union in Albany, N.Y..  Congrats to Ben!

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Roth Joins CQ

Bennett Roth, who previously served as the Houston Chronicle’s national political correspondent, is headed to CQ, where he will be cover congressional leadership. An announcement is expected today.

David Bradley’s Atlantic Empire

Bennett Roth, writing in the Washington Examiner, profiles Atlantic Media’s David Bradley:

    For the past decade Bradley, 55, has had a great perch to watch the ongoing political dramas that have unfolded in the nation’s capital. But he also has been forced to grapple with the increasing challenges facing modern media. He upgraded the editorial quality of National Journal and made it solidly profitable. But even after spending liberally to improve The Atlantic, the magazine continues to spill red ink. Bradley said he hopes to break even on the magazine within a few years and “end a 50-year run of vanity owners.”

    Meanwhile, he has moved aggressively to push his operations into the digital age. He noted with pride that the Atlantic website has seen its traffic jump from 1.3 million unique visitors a month in 2007 to 4.3 million this year. Determined to keep the trend line rising, he’s been recruiting major-league Web talent from the New York Times, Washington Post, and other news organizations. …

    James Bennet, a former New York Times reporter whom Bradley tapped to be editor of The Atlantic in 2006, described his boss’s management style as “more standing back and articulating overall direction.” At the same time, Bennet said Bradley is well aware of what is going on at his publications, noting that he even gets feedback from Bradley on blogs published on the magazine’s website.

    While Bradley clearly relishes overseeing his media empire, which also includes The Hotline, Congress Daily and Government Executive magazine, he bristles at some of the scrutiny that accompanies that role, complaining that internal memos about personnel issues or mistakes often turn up at lightning speed on gossip blogs.

Internal memos on gossip blogs? You don’t say…

Read the rest here.

Houston Chronicle Lays Off Mason, Roth

Regular readers of Julie Mason‘s Beltway Confidential Blog may have noticed her October 3 post, in which she cryptically declared: “The blog fades to black, Beltway Confidential is no more — this rodeo is up.”

So what’s the deal? Turns out Mason, the Chronicle’s White House correspondent, and Bennett Roth, the paper’s national political correspondent, were laid off this week by the paper as part of a larger buyout/layoff program that has trimmed the paper by approximately 80 people.

The loss of Mason and Roth means that the Chronicle’s DC bureau now only has three people: Bureau chief Rick Dunham, congressional correspondent Stewart Powell and business reporter David Ivanovich. This is down from 10 just a few years ago.