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Posts Tagged ‘Gregg Birnbaum’

Laura McGann Leaves Politico, Joins Vox As Political Editor


Laura McGann, Politico’s deputy managing editor, is joining Vox Media as its first political editor, reported the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone yesterday.

Prior to her four years spent at Politico, McGann worked for Talking Points Memo, Nieman Journalism Lab, MSNBC and The Washington Independent.

McGann, who will start at Vox on Jan. 5th, is the third big-name editor at Politico to leave the news organization this past week — following White House editor, Dan Berman (National Journal), and deputy managing editor, Gregg Birnbaum (New York Daily News).

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Add MJ Lee to List of POLITICO Departures, Joins CNN Digital Politics

20140813js_mj_lee_005You can add MJ Lee to the growing wave of POLITICO reporters and editors who’ve been poached by CNN Digital Politics.  For those of you counting, Lee makes 5… Rachel Smolkin, Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner all switched teams this fall.

“It’s as if Rachel built an arc and we’re following her two by two,” said a former POLITICO staffer turned CNNer who asked to remain anonymous.

But they’re not just flooding (pun intended) to CNN. MJ is the fourth POLITICO exit announced this week.  Alex Burns, Gregg Birnbaum and Dan Berman all jumped ship for gigs at new outlets in the past few days.  Sounds like a trend.  As for MJ, her hire was announced today via internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.  See the note from Rachel Smolkin and CNN Money’s Lex Haris after the jump. Read more

Gregg Birnbaum Leaves POLITICO, Joins New York Daily News

More news of shakeups out of POLITICO. Gregg Birnbaum announced yesterday on Twitter that he would be stepping down as deputy managing editor at POLITICO, and will join the New York Daily News as their new managing editor and head of political content.

This morning, Colin Myler, NYDN editor in chief, announced Birnbaum’s appointment in a staff memo:

I am delighted to announce that Gregg Birnbaum is appointed Managing Editor, Head of Political Content.

Gregg is joining us from  Politico where he is currently a Deputy Managing Editor, supervising coverage of breaking news.

Before that, he was a government and politics reporter and editor at the New York Post holding the position of Political Editor for 10 years,  managing bureaus in Washington, Albany and City Hall.

Gregg will be joining us on January 5.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank Joel for his sterling work for the past two years. He has been a valued colleague and I wish him every success in his new executive role at New York 1.


Birnbaum’s departure from POLITICO is part of a recent exodus of big names from the news organization that includes Dan Berman and Alex Burns.

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

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.