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Posts Tagged ‘Gregg Birnbaum’

POLITICO Promotes Rachel Van Dongen to Deputy Managing Editor

Rachel Van Dongen, POLITICOAn internal memo from POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin this morning announced Rachel Van Dongen‘s promotion to deputy managing editor. Van Dongen was most recently Congress editor and deputy politics editor.

In her new role, she will work closely with Smolkin and alongside deputy managing editor Laura McGann. POLITICO’s Gregg Birnbaum, Dianna Heitz, Laura McGann and Nirvi Shah also serve in the role of deputy managing editor.

Van Dongen’s outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team going forward.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

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Get Ready: New ‘Cool’ Stuff at Politico

Politico’s Managing Editor Bill Nichols sent out a praiseworthy internal memo this morning with lots of kisses. SWAK. SWAK. SWAK. For starters, Breaking News team editor Gregg Birnbaum gets a huge round of applause from top brass not to mention a promotion. Well, of course that depends on what you think a promotion is. He now gets to edit Charles Manson Dylan Byers on his media coverage and will become Deputy Managing Editor as they bring on a deputy for the Breaking News team.

In other news, Politico plans to use Birnbaum to implement new ways to present “cool” content in the coming days. There’s also a new phrase we’ve not seen before — “Politico DNA.” Uh oh. Are they going to start injecting us with a special serum?

See the full internal memo, and Gregg, best of luck with Dylan. We hear he’s quite a handful who may or may not look like Patrick Dempsey (“McDreamy”) in real life…

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Politico’s Kady Details Internal Shuffle

Politico Congressional Editor Martin Kady details the internal shifting of some reporters. He also gives a heartfelt sendoff to Meredith Shiner, who’s going to work for Roll Call. “Meredith has a special place in POLITICO’s heart, starting off here working as Glenn Thrush’s unpaid intern,” Kady wrote, referring to one of Politico‘s White House scribes. “She not only didn’t run screaming from the confines of Thrushworld, she thrived, and quickly made her way into full time reporting.” Kady also gives her props for going to Tucson on two hours notice to cover the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Other changes: Seung Min Kim transfers from the publication’s Arena section to become a congressional reporter. Reid Epstein, a new hire from Newsday, will join Jennifer Epstein and Gregg Birnbaum on the breaking news team. By Labor Day, Reid will relocate to the Congress team. Meanwhile, Erika Lovley moves to the Arena section.

See the lengthy memo from Kady…

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Politico Hires NY Post Political Editor

Former New York Post political editor Gregg Birnbaum will join Politico in the new year.  At Politico Birnbaum will serve as a senior editor, focusing on breaking news coverage.  He’ll work from New York but plans to make frequent trips to the Politico newsroom.

In a memo announcing the addition, Politico brass addressed their new hire’s recently tumultuous time at the Post, saying:

“Those of you who follow the media blogs may know that Gregg recently was in a bit of a fuss in New York. Gregg and the Post parted ways after he was subject to an abusive tirade from a top editor. Jim and I decided to waive our natural sympathies in favor of tyrannical bosses in order to seize this fabulous opportunity to make the Post’s loss our gain.”

Prior to his 17-year run at the Post, Birnbaum worked for the South Bend Tribune and the Times Herald Record of Middletown, N.Y. At the Post he covered City Hall and the state house in Albany.  He supervised the coverage of Albany as well as national, state, and local campaigns as an editor with the paper from 2001 on.

Keach Hagey has more here.