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Roll Call Loses Deputy Editor

FishbowlDC has confirmed that Erin Billings has resigned from her post at Roll Call. Currently the publication’s deputy editor, Billings has been with Roll Call for nearly a decade. She joined the paper’s team in 2001 as a staff writer and in 2004 became a senior writer covering House and Senate leadership. Prior to joining Roll Call, she worked as a statehouse reporter in Helena, Montana.

We understand that Billings has accepted another job but have not yet confirmed her next move. We’ll update as we find out more.

UPDATE: Billings is joining BGR Public Relations as vice president. BGR’s Jeff Birnbaum told FishbowlDC by email, “I could not be happier to have her here as we build a truly successful, Washington-based PR practice. She begins next month.”

Memo announcing Billings’s departure from Roll Call‘s Scott Montgomery after the jump.

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Roll Call Editor Billed as Rep. Michele Bachmann

Erin Billings, Roll Call’s deputy editor, was on a media panel at an event Thursday sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce about women in government.

So far so good.

This is when everything fell apart. In the program, all speakers and panelists have little bios and pictures, and they’re all normal, except Billings –”her” picture is that of kooky Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

The red-headed scribe looks absolutely nothing like the dark-haired congresswoman. Congresswoman Billings was relieved to be mistaken for a female lawmaker as opposed to a male pol: “I guess it’s better to be mistaken for Michele Bachmann than another Minnesotan, like Al Franken. It was a women in government conference. I figure it’s important that they got my gender right.”

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Billings Upped At Roll Call

Roll Call‘s Charlie Mitchell announced today that Erin Billings has been promoted to deputy editor of the rag. Mitchell’s memo to staff below:

From: Charlie Mitchell
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2009
To: RC Edit
Subject: Personnel Announcements

I am pleased to announce that Erin Billings will be assuming the title of deputy editor. This move reflects the outstanding job Erin has done as my senior editor for news content, the skills she has demonstrated as a manager and her commitment to constantly improving our newspaper and Web site.

Erin will continue to lead our House and Senate reporting team, while playing a key role in crafting Roll Call’s overall editorial strategy.

Please join me in congratulating Erin for a job well done and in wishing her all the best going forward.

Charlie Mitchell

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and a roundtable with former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), GOP strategist Mike Murphy, Vanity Fair’s Dee Dee Myers and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

ABC’s This Week: OMB Director Peter Orszag, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, Karl Rove, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC’s George Will

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Fox News Sunday: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

CNN’s State of the Union: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, CNBC’s Suze Orman and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: GWU professor of media and public affairs Steve Roberts, CNN’s Stephen Hayes and Barbara Starr, political analyst and author Keli Goff and former NY Post gossip columnist Liz Smith

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Ellen Pinchuk, Kate O’Beirne and Margaret Carlson

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay and Roll Call’s Erin Billings, Lauren Whittington and Emily Pierce

Roll Call Changes

An internal notice, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Several staff shifts to announce: First, Jessica Brady is moving from the Features position to the Leadership Team to help cover the Senate. She will work with Erin Billings and provide spot news coverage for the Web, as well as in-depth stories for the Web and paper. Ali McSherry will move full time into the Features role, promising even more Mug Shots for our thirsty readers. Ali will be working with Debbie Bruno. Finally, Tim Taylor has expressed a desire to learn the ins and outs of newspapering, and will move into the editorial assistant position to work with Debbie on features and other story assignments, and to work with the copy and production teams. These changes will formally take effect when the lame-duck sessions ends, but we are hoping to have people in their new roles by the week of Dec. 15.

Capitol Hill’s Revolving Door

Internal memos, obtained by FishbowlDC…

From Roll Call’s Charlie Mitchell:

    I am pleased to announce that Associate Editor Erin Billings is shifting her focus to take over editing responsibilities for the online reporting team.

    Jen Bendery and Tim Taylor will now report to Erin, who will be a key voice in the development of our overall plans for covering the Congressional leadership.

    Erin will be leaving the Senate reporting team as she concentrates on
    providing day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) leadership to our online news efforts. We all hate losing Erin the Reporter, but Erin the Editor is going to be a great leader and a critical player in Roll Call’s continued success.

    In addition, Lauren Whittington and Paul Singer will also assume the
    Associate Editor title. Lauren has rejoined Team Politics on a full-time basis and has been splitting responsibilities between editing and writing.

    Her new title reflects the player/coach role that she has been playing and will continue to perform.

    Likewise, Paul has assumed many responsibilities as our chief investigative reporter, and his new title reflects his evolving position as a leader of our overall investigative strategy. Paul has been and will be a key adviser and strategist for investigative pieces developed throughout the staff, and his new title formalizes this role.

    I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Erin, Lauren and Paul for jobs well done — and for taking up new challenges that will help define the future of our great publication.

From The Hill’s Hugo Gurdon:

    I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that we have hired Silla
    Brush
    , formerly the lead congressional reporter at US News & World Report, to be our Business & Lobbying reporter covering taxes, corporate governance and Wall Street political intelligence. He will start in the newsroom on Monday, Oct. 20.

    This hire is the first in a new phase of expansion that will add
    extra depth to our news coverage, and further entrench The Hill’s big lead over rivals in covering the nexus of business and politics.

    More great hires are in the pipeline, and I will let you know about
    them soon.

    Thanks, Hugo

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: NJ Gov. Jon Corzine (D), former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH), Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and Discovery Channel’s Ted Koppel.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), CO Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

  • Fox News Sunday: McCain manager Rick Davis, Obama strategist David Axelrod, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • This Week: Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, James Baker, Former Treasury Secretary, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman, Financial Services Committee, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Whip and a roundtable with The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Late Edition: Steve Forbes, Robert Reich, former Pres. Clinton Labor Secretary, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley and Ed Henry.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Lynn Sherr, Politico’s Roger Simon, New York Times’ Frank Rich, San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders, CNN’s Ali Velshi and Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta and David Broder.

  • GPS: Soros Fund Management chair George Soros, Columbia University’s Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs, Washington Post’s Sebastian Mallaby, Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Fred Bergsten

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, James Lockhart will be interviewed by Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post, Reporter, & Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg News, Finance Reporter.

  • Inside Washington: Washington Post’s Colbert King, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Robin Weissmann, Pennsylvania Treasurer and Obama supporter; Renee Amoore, McCain supporter; and Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Beyond the Politics: Brookings Institution’s William Galston, National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, Washington Times’ Tara Wall and Princeton University professor Cornel West. Note: Beyond the Politics is airing in place of This Week in Politics

  • Chris Matthews: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post’s David Ignatius and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, CNBC’s John Harwood, CNBC’s Steve Liesman and Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein.

  • Face The Nation: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson and a roundtable with Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is American Red Cross chair Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

  • This Week: U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. John Boehner and a roundtable with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will and ABC News consultant Donna Brazile.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times reporter; Richard Stengel, editor, Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC chief Washington correspondent.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: James Ledbetter of TheBigMoney.com, Washingtonpost.com’s Travis Fox speaks with The Post’s Bart Gellman about his new book, “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” and Norman J. Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Erin Billings, Roll Call and Elizabeth Brotherton, Roll Call.

  • Reliable Sources: New York Times’ Paul Krugman, talk radio show host Michael Medved, Time’s Karen Tumulty, CNN’s Ali Velshi, Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s Frank Sesno.

  • Late Edition: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s Ed Henry, CNN’s Bill Schneider, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and Democratic strategist James Carville.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank.

  • GPS: Former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank (D-MA), author Niall Ferguson, RiverTwice Research president Zachary Karabell, Financial Times’ Martin Wolf and Israeli investigative reporter Ronen Bergman.

    Note: FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a one hour special entitled, “Joe Biden: A Personal Look” on Saturday September 20th at 9PM ET. Hosted by Greta Van Susteren, this special will feature a personal look at Biden’s life with exclusive interviews from his colleagues and friends.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and a roundtable with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, NBC’s David Gregory, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, GOP strategist Mike Murphy and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

  • Face The Nation: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

  • This Week: Cindy McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will and Matthew Dowd.

  • Fox News Sunday: John McCain and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and the Power Player of the Week is Mike Miller, Director of Operations, Republican National Convention.

  • Late Edition: Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL); McCain supporter, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC); McCain supporter, Fred Thompson (R); former presidential candidate; McCain supporter, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH); House Minority Leader; McCain supporter, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA); McCain supporter, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) Minnesota; McCain Supporter, Nancy Pfotenhauer, McCain Campaign adviser, Tom Daschle (D); former Senate Majority Leader, Obama Supporter, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) Connecticut, Obama Supporter, David Paulison, FEMA Administrator, Howard Kurtz, host, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” media reporter, The Washington Post, Dana Milbank, columnist, The Washington Post, CNN contributor, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, Politico, Lynn Sweet, political columnist, The Chicago Sun-Times, Rachel Sklar, media editor, TheHuffingtonPost.com and Amanda Carpenter, national political reporter, Townhall.com. This is a three hour special show.

  • Fareed Zakara GPS: Mikhail Saakashvili, President of Georgia, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Fred Krupp, president, Environmental Defense Fund, Richard Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations, Andrew J. Bacevich, author, “The Limits of Power”, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman of Newsweek; Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times; Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune; and Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call’s David Drucker, Erin Billings and Emily Heil.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Republican National Convention Chairman will be interviewed by Patrick Healy, New York Times, Political Reporter.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, Margaret Carlson, Kate O’Beirne and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols.

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: NPR’s Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr, author of “Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium”

  • Larry Kane, Voice of Reason: GOP Leadership Council political director Mike Inganamort and Obama Pennsylvania communications director Sean Smith.

    Note: Reliable Sources is pre-empted.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)

  • Face the Nation: Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Jack Reed (D-RI).

  • This Week: John McCain and a roundtable with former Bush strategist Matt Dowd, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Karl Rove. The “Power Player” is economist Ben Stein.

  • Late Edition: McCain and a forum with Obama, and a roundtable with CNN’s John King, Candy Crowley and Joe Johns.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Reliable Sources: Time’s Mark Halperin, CNN’s Candy Crowley, GWU professor Steve Roberts, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, political analyst Keli Goff, Wax-word.net’s Sharon Waxman and New York Post’s Adam Buckman.

  • GPS: Author Bernard-Henri Levy, Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe, author Jonathan Mahler, author Joseph E. Stiglitz, European Foundation for Democracy’s Irshad Manji and economist Adrian Wooldridge.

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Richard Stearns, President of World Vision.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Luke Bernstein, executive director of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, Democratic Media Consultant J.J. Balaban as well as Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will be interviewed by Environment and Energy Daily’s Ben Gemen and Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D).

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