Politico is once again casting its gaze East for its hires and is bringing on Ginger Gibson from the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Her title is national politics reporter. They call the Texas native a “blazing talent” and say her New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie coverage caught their eye.
Why is Ginger a reporter? Why ask why when she can explain herself? On her website she writes, “When I was a kid, I was always in trouble for ‘back talking.’ [Uh oh. Watch out, VandeHarris] I insisted on knowing not only why the sky was blue or how cars worked, I wanted an explanation for why I had to eat my veggies, go to day care or pick up my toys. I never grew out of that phase. As I got older the questions became more complex. Why were specific lessons at school selected? Why were some laws written? And since I apparently liked being in trouble, why was my curfew so early? All that trouble paid off. Now I get to ask ‘why?’ for a living.”
Ginger insists there is more to her than journalism. Louisiana holds a special place in her heart — while residing in Baton Rouge the 2008 LSU graduate lived through Hurricane Katrina. Food is also big in her book and she says there isn’t anything she won’t try. Her role model? It’s Helen Thomas. Yes, that Helen Thomas, the longtime 90-something spitfire White House reporter who resigned after telling Jews to get the hell out of Palestine. “I try everyday to ask hard questions,” Ginger writes on her site. “And to wear red.”
Congratulations to Ginger.
See the internal memo from National Politics Editor Charles Mahtesian after the jump…