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Center for Public Integrity Names Top Editor and Deputy Executive Editor

Gordon 9434_webExecutive Director of the Center for Public Integrity William E. Buzenberg announced today that Gordon Witkin has been named the org’s top editor and John Dunbar its deputy executive editor.

Witkin most recently served as CPI’s acting editor and before that was with U.S. News & World Report. Dunbar was with American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop and a reporter for the Associated Press based in DC.

Read more on the announcement here.

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Center for Public Integrity Names Sandy Johnson Managing Editor

Veteran Washington journalist Sandy Johnson has been named managing editor for politics and government at the Center for Public Integrity.

Johnson spent most of her 30-year-career at the AP, where she oversaw the wire’s service coverage of the federal government, elections and politics as its Washington bureau chief from 1998 to 2008. She ‘ll join an editorial team that includes senior news managers Gordon Witkin (national coverage), David Kaplan (international coverage), Julie Vorman (financial regulation and corporate accountability) and Keith Epstein (environment and government regulation.)

“Sandy knows how Washington works, and where the backroom deals are made,” said Executive Director William E. Buzenberg.

Five Journos Head To Center for Public Integrity

From the release:

    The Center for Public Integrity has added two new editors and three new senior journalists to its editorial team, which will expand the Center’s scope of investigative journalism and incorporate more use of multimedia resources. The new hires possess a collective diversity of investigative journalism experience with expertise on national security, environmental, criminal justice, and energy issues. …

    The Center’s new managing editor, Gordon Witkin, joins the Center after a 26-year career at U.S. News & World Report. Witkin worked in bureaus in Detroit and Denver, and served as the magazine’s criminal justice writer before spending six years as an assistant managing editor. He most recently was the social policy editor at Congressional Quarterly. Witkin oversees and coordinates the Center’s day-to-day editorial activities.

    The Center’s new data editor, David Donald, is one of the country’s foremost computer-assisted reporting experts. Donald, who previously served as the training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, leads the Center’s data operations. Some of the best-known Center projects were derived by data-driven investigations.

    Michael Zuckerman, the Center’s new project director for the Land Use Accountability Project, has a 30-year journalism career that spans radio and newspaper reporting on national security and criminal justice issues. As one of the original founders of USA Today, Zuckerman was a rewrite desk chief, projects editor, Washington and foreign editor, and a senior correspondent working on investigative stories. He is a frequent lecturer at the National Defense University and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at the George Washington University.

    The Center hired two new staff writers: Marianne Lavelle, previously a senior writer at U.S. News and World Report; and Kristen Lombardi, a staff writer and investigative reporter at The Village Voice, where she did groundbreaking work on the 9/11 toxic aftermath. Lavelle will be focusing on energy, environment, and climate change issues. Before joining U.S. News, she created The National Law Journal’s beat on federal regulation, covering the savings and loan collapse, and spearheading a groundbreaking investigative report on environmental justice, “Unequal Protection,” which won the George Polk Award and Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. …

    David E. Kaplan, who joined the Center in April, has been named the Center’s overall editorial director. Kaplan also remains director of the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

CQ’s Revolving Door

Three CQ internal announcements, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I am very pleased to announce that Dina Cappiello will be joining CQ to cover energy policy for Paul Hendrie’s team. Dina brings nearly eight years of solid experience covering the energy and environment beat in Texas and New York. Since 2002, Dina has written groundbreaking stories for the Houston Chronicle from its home office. One series prompted independent testing of air quality near some of the nation’s largest industrial plants. She has a demonstrated record of aggressive, thoughtful and creative beat coverage, writing a blog, columns and producing a weekly science page atop her daily and enterprise work. For three years, she covered the energy and environment beat for the Times Union in Albany. Her work has won the notice of judges in several national journalism contests and won at least six major local awards. Dina earned three graduate degrees from Columbia University, a dual degree in Environmental Science and Journalism and another in Secondary Science Education. Dina got her undergraduate degree in biology from Georgetown University. Please welcome her when she joins our team on Oct. 29.


    I am very pleased to announce that Gordon Witkin, an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, will join CQ as Social Policy Editor on Oct 22.

    Gordon brings three decades of journalism experience that includes twenty years of pursuing a mix of street-and-policy-level reporting on urban affairs, the Midwest, crime and law enforcement. He moved into the editing ranks in 1998 as the magazine’s Assistant Managing Editor and Chief of Correspondents, a position that put him in charge of seven national bureaus and a network of 200 stringers worldwide. He co-edited two special issues of U.S. News, including one examining the aftermath of 9/11. Since 2003, Gordon has been Assistant Managing Editor for the Nation & the World, a job that put him in charge of editing the magazine’s flagship news section with its attendant team of reporters and stringers.

    Gordon is an organized and insightful editor with solid management skill. He is a gifted writer and his work has earned him acclaim. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and plays the saxophone in a rhythm and blues band called Nobody’s Business. A native of Harrison, N. Y., he now lives in Bethesda with his wife, Stacy Ettinger, and their two boys, Nathan, 9, and Aaron, 7. I know you will join me in giving him a warm welcome upon his arrival next month.


    I am sorry to report that after a little more than a year as a member of our Economics & Finance reporting team, Victoria McGrane will be leaving our staff on Oct. 5 to become a financial services reporter at Politico. Vicki came to Congressional Quarterly as our Senate floor votes reporter in early 2006. She joined Jodi Schneider’s team as trade reporter six months later. We thank Vicki for her work in revitalizing our coverage of trade issues, broadening the focus from trade-related legislation to issues including China currency battles and foreign investment in the United States. Last spring, Vicki won a National Press Foundation fellowship to pursue her reporting in China. Vicki demonstrated her insight and in-depth reporting skills as she wrote In Focus features on CFIUS and the fallout from Sarbanes-Oxley. Her fine CQ Weekly cover story in May looked at the insurance industry in the wake of Katrina and the battle between the industry and Mississippi lawmakers. We’ll miss Vicki’s contributions to our publications, but we wish her the best of luck in her new position.

And Dan Fowler is leaving the Washington Examiner to join Congressional Quarterly where he will cover Homeland Security issues. His last day will be October 11.

“Why Don’t You Cover All ’08 Candidates Equally?”

The U.S. News’ media reporter Liz Halloran and Nation/World editor Gordon Witkin answer a reader’s question.