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Katie Zezima to Cover White House for WaPo

WaPo announced yet another addition to their online political team today. Katie Zezima has been brought on the cover the White House. National Editor Cameron Barr, Deputy National Editor Anne Kornblut and Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg said in their announcement that Zezima will be “the online leader of our coverage during the day,” and will be expected to break news, profile West Wing personalities, and pen analytical pieces. She will also be part of WaPo‘s digital strike force -a group of reporters within the paper who respond to breaking political news.

Zezima comes from the Associated Press, where she was on the Chris Christie beat. She has also spent spent several years working for The New York Times in Boston, and was a 2011-2012 Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.

Her first day will be March 17th.

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WaPo Taps Mark Berman to Launch New Blog

WaPo announced today that they will launch a new national news blog on February 18th called “Post Nation.”

National Editor Cameron Barr and Deputy National Editor Anne Kornblut also announced that Local reporter Mark Berman will move to National to edit the blog. Berman joined the Post in 2007 as an editorial aide in Local’s Old Town Alexandria bureau. He has had stints covering Arlington National Cemetery, reporting on Northern Virginia and writing for Local Living. More recently he has live-blogged developing news events such as the Navy yard shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Congrats to Mark on the new position. We’ll make sure to add you to our Feedly!

 

WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

Robert Costa to WaPo

costaRobert Costa, the National Review reporter whose blow-by-blow reporting on Republican squabbling during the government shutdown earned praise from all corners of the media universe, has taken a job as National Political Reporter at The Bezos Post. Costa has been serving as the Washington Editor at National Review and before that worked at the Wall Street Journal. New York magazine dubbed him the “Golden Boy of the Shutdown” for his reporting, and he’s also been recognized for his coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations and the 2012 presidential campaign. Editors Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut and Steven Ginsberg made the announcement in a memo to staff today. Costa starts work on January 6.

WaPo‘s Berlin Bureau Chief Comes Home

After five years as the Berlin bureau chief for WaPo, Craig Whitlock will return to Washington. Cameron Barr and Kevin Merida announced Whitlock’s new role as a Defense correspondent for National.

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Pomfret and Kessler Take New Roles for WaPo Nat’l Security

WaPo memo obtained by FBDC:

“We are delighted to announce that Glenn Kessler will take on a new role as player/coach for the national security staff and that John Pomfret will return to National, this time as a diplomatic correspondent concentrating on U.S. relations with China and the rest of Asia.”

Glenn has spent more than seven years as The Post’s main chronicler of the State Department and Secretaries of State from Colin Powell to Hillary Clinton. In his new role he will help oversee the coverage of U.S. foreign policy while continuing to cover U.S. relations with the Middle East. He will also occasionally fill in for Cameron Barr as editor.

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