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Politico‘s Policy Lunches at Dem Convention

Politico will feature newsmakers at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in the form of policy lunches. They will discuss the economy, energy and healthcare and hopefully this will be less boring than it sounds.

Lunch begins at noon. They will be showcased the “Politico Hub” (222 S. Church Street) and streamed on Politico.com. The fare doesn’t sound half bad. “No boxed lunches!” remarked a member of Politico‘s Event’s team. “Fresh sandwiches like herb encrusted pesto chicken sandwich with spiced aioli on fresh ciabatta bread.”

Want to attend? Sign up to attend Politico events here.

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The Battle of ‘Darrens’: The Hill’s Hires the ‘Best’ Energy Reporter

As of late, The Hill has shed reporters to Bloomberg News and Politico. Steadily, the publication is starting to replace them.

The two big hires:
Shane D’Aprile from Politics magazine.
Darren Goode from Congress Daily.

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Darren Goode: ‘News too
good to hold’

This Darren aside, there’s another “Darren” on the energy media landscape. Politico recently hired Darren Samuelsohn of Greewire/Energy & Environment Daily to head up its energy reporting and claimed the same thing about him — that he’s the best in the business. That publication also called it “news too good to hold.”

Editor Hugo Gurdon released this internal memo to staff via e-mail Monday afternoon:

“There are a couple of really pleasing new hires I want to tell you about.

Shane D’Aprile will be joining us from Politics magazine. He’ll be a full-time campaigns reporter/blogger, teaming up with Sean Miller, and his expertise in the business side of campaigns, with contacts among media buyers and the like, will add a new dimension to our coverage.

And in news too good to hold, I can tell you that Darren Goode write on energy and environmental issues both for the paper and the E2 Wire. When we ask experts in the field whose reporting they read, they say “Well, Darren, of course, and then…”

Shane and Darren will be here this month, and will continue the exciting growth of our print and online news operation.”

Separated at Birth: Soon-to-be Politico’s Samuelsohn

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Today’s twins are: Greewire/Energy & Environment Daily Reporter Darren Samuelsohn, who will soon join Politico, and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.

News ‘Too Good to Hold’, Says Politico’s Grieve

Samuelsohn.gif Politico‘s Deputy Managing Editor Tim Grieve couldn’t contain himself on the news to staff late Thursday that they’ve hired the “best energy reporter working in Washington today.”

That would be Darren Samuelsohn, who comes to Politico after a decade at Greenwire and Environment & Energy Daily.

Not an easy move, but a good one, said Samuelsohn in a phone interview with FishbowlDC Friday from the Capitol.

Asked how he feels about being called the “best energy reporter in Washington” he replied, “It’s an honor. There’s a lot of good reporters in the city that have been covering this for years. They told me that were going around looking for someone for this job that they consistently heard my name. It’s a great feeling. That was pretty cool.”

But leaving a publication after a decade is hard. His publication definitely wanted him to stay. “It was a difficult decision for me to leave,” he said. “Great bosses and a great work environment. I’ve been there pretty much my entire time in Washington. Pretty much my family.”

The advantages of Politico? “It’s clearly a larger audience and to take on a different perspective of Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Our audiences now are the movers and shakers in this city. At Politico, it’s those people and more.”

And change can be good. “It’s a new challenge after almost 10 years to write and report for a different company with different styles,” he added. “Many people I’ve spoken to in helping me to make this decision encouraged me to shake things up a bit. It never hurts.”

At Politico, Grieve writes that Samuelsohn will anchor the “best in the business” energy team.

At University of Missouri J-School, Samuelsohn took what he described as a lot of “painful, tedious” classes but he encourages students to “not give up” in an alumni Q&A interview that you can read here.

Read Grieve’s internal memo after the jump….

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