John Cranford, a long time DC hand who has covered economics and politics for 30 years, is retiring from his job as editor of CQ Weekly, according to an internal memo from Roll Call editor David Rapp. Cranford is leaving the pub to pursue a life-long dream of touring the country’s baseball stadiums.
Cranford worked for the Montgomery County Sentinel before joining CQ in 1984 as a news editor overseeing economics and agriculture. He also worked as tax and economics reporter, copy desk chief, and assistant managing editor, among other positions. He left for Bloomberg News in 1996 to serve as the Economy Team Leader, helping the organization establish its foothold in Washington and reorganizing the European economic desk in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2003, he came back to CQ and has edited the Weekly ever since. He will leave at the end of the month, but is expected to contribute to the 2013 CQ Almanac due out early next year.
Read the full memo after the jump.