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The Washington Post Announces New CFO, Names Two New VPs

The Washington Post today named Stephen P. Gibson CFO and VP of finance and administration. The announcement was made by publisher Fred Ryan and president and general manager Steve Hills in a memo to staff.

Gibson most recently served as CFO of Allbritton Communications for the past 16 years. He’ll step into the role November 20.

The memo also announced two VP promotions, effective immediately.

Beth Diaz, who has been with The Post since 2003, has been named VP of audience development and analytics. In this role, she’ll oversee Post “research, analytics, business development and digital marketing,” according to a release.

Kristine Coratti, who joined in 2006, has been named VP of communications.

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The Washington Post Commemorates Ben Bradlee’s Legacy with New Staff Award

The Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan and executive editor Marty Baron today announced the creation of the Ben Bradlee Award to honor “the relentless and courageous pursuit of truth by an individual or team of Washington Post journalists,” as described in the announcement.

The award is named after The Post’s executive editor from 1968-91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died last week of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington.

Ryan and Baron wrote in their announcement on Post PR:

“Over the past week, we have all been reflecting on the life and career of Ben Bradlee. What emerges most clearly in all the recollections – many of them highly colorful – has been the depth of Ben’s integrity and his commitment to discovering the truth.” Read more

The Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth

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Katharine Weymouth

In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.

According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.

In an interview with the outlet he’ll now lead, Ryan said that he does not have plans to replace executive editor Martin Baron or editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.

Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.

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Politico’s New Prez and CEO: Jim VandeHei

images-5When you read through the lengthy internal memos and formal press release on Jim VandeHei‘s ascendance to President and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, you quickly see they’ve got something for everyone: romance (he and Publisher Robert Allbritton are “of one mind” with each other; gumption (he is part of the best journalistic “dream team” in America, says Allbritton) and a menacing quality with a religious twist (VandeHei writes, “The days of untouchable incumbents in media are over – this is the era of abrupt change. We have no choice but to keep delivering the goods, better, faster and more efficiently. Or someone will do unto us what we have done unto others.”)

So no more double bylines with Mike Allen (a.k.a. Mikey)? Say it isn’t so.

But it is. VandeHei’s going corporate and will work alongside COO Kim Kingsley and Chief Revenue Officer Roy Schwartz to run the business side of both publications. He’s replacing Fred Ryan, who stepped down last month. Not to worry, there are the expected effusive thank you’s to Ryan as well as the nod from Ryan that VandeHei is absolutely the right man, the only man for the job.

See the memos. Politico‘s Hadas Gold released the announcement last night on the publication’s media blog. The news is still leading the blog today.

You’ve gotta hand it to Politico in that their memos are hilarious in their bravado and  unrivaled prowess to douse one another in praise. They never hesitate to express an explosive self-confidence and desire to take over the media world on this planet and every other. We’ve cataloged our Top 10 Favorite Lines after the jump… Read more

Politico Reaches Tentacles into NYC

There’s no doubt Politico is a monster born from the self obsessive culture of D.C. But what does that have to do with New York City?

As of Monday the Big Apple will feel the injection of 4,000 copies of the publication’s print product. Yes, Politico is expanding its reach beyond the White House and Congress and into New York’s “financial institutions, leading companies and national media organizations,” according to a press release.

The new venture coincides with a special occasion for Politico. Next week marks its fifth anniversary.

“Since our launch in 2007, we have worked tirelessly to become one of the fastest-growing and most-respected political news organizations in the country,” said Fred Ryan, CEO of POLITICO. “So it’s only fitting that we celebrate this milestone by expanding our reach to New York’s most influential leaders.”

Next: the moon.

Ryan’s Revenge?

We were alerted to a tweet by former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan during last night’s GOP Presidential Debate, which was sponsored by her former employer and NBC. She parted ways with Politico in 2010 under polite but clear orders from management and it appeared as if she may have been getting residual bitterness out of her system while watching Wednesday’s debate.

During the brief tribute to Nancy Reagan, Ryan, who now works for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, tweeted (referring to Allbritton Corp.’s Fred Ryan): “Nows the time to praise the Reagan  library, where the CEO of Albritton Comm–owner of debate co-host Politico — serves as its chairman.”

Other than spelling Robert Allbritton‘s name with one “l” — perhaps she was restrained by the 140 character limit — was she insinuating a certain cozy inappropriateness?

Ryan denied the tweet contained any underlying sting. “As a California girl I’m obviously a big fan of Reagan,” she wrote to FishbowlDC this morning. “And as you know, I’m also a proud Politico alumna, so it was fun seeing my worlds collide.”

Politico’s Many Hires and Changes

Politico sent out an internal memo to staff early this morning announcing new hires and changes at the publication.

In a nutshell:

Hillary Frey: New media and style editor. Formerly of the New York Observer.

Maggie Haberman: Joins political team. Formerly of the New York Post.

Kim Hart: Policy and technology reporting. Formerly of The Hill.

Scott Wong: Joins congressional team. Formerly of The Arizona Republic.

Two new health care reporters: Sarah Kliff (formerly of Newsweek) and Jennifer Haberkorn (formerly of TWT).

Read the full internal memo from VandeHarris after the jump. More change ahead as Chris Frates resumes being a lead lobbying reporter. •Two former interns hired. •The publication is looking to hire more editors to “lighten the load of core editors.” Read on…

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1,000 Days of Politico

Politico is celebrating 1,000 days with a pizza party. We hear publisher Robert Allbritton and CEO Fred Ryan surprised the staff today with about three dozen pizzas.