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White Named Top Dog at CQ Roll Call

Andrew Rashbass, CEO of the Economist Group, today announced that Keith White has been upped to Executive Vice President & Managing Director for CQ/Capitol Advantage.  The promotion places him at the top of the newsgroup’s totem pole, making Mike Mills a direct report to White.

In his memo to CQ Roll Call employees, Rashbass praised White for his leadership: “Keith’s expertise in information services and his knowledge of our market make him uniquely qualified for the role. Keith has shown clarity, decisiveness and leadership since we reorganized CQ Roll Call earlier this year and I am confident he is the right person to lead the business.”

White joined Congressional Quarterly in 2001 as the General Manager of CQ’s professional publishing division. Before CQ, Keith served as the vice president of publishing and product development for LexisNexis, and held positions at AOL and The Washington Post. Keith also worked as an editor and writer for various publications.

Full memo from Rashbass after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Forges Ahead Amidst Major Changes

All eyes are on CQ Roll Call Associate Director Keith White to step into the shoes of Managing Director and Executive V.P. Laurie Battaglia. Battaglia’s sudden departure from CQ Roll Call was announced Tuesday. She had been with the company for 23 years.

“It’s been a great time,” Battaglia said by phone Wednesday afternoon, saying she felt she wanted to keep things positive. “The people are fantastic. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.”

White has made it clear he wants her position. The search is underway, but if The Economist Group’s CEO Andrew Rashbass agrees, it’s his. It was Rashbass who tipped employees off that White is up for the job. FishbowlDC has requested comment from White.

Battaglia has not announced where she will go next. “I don’t think she has laid her plans out yet,” said Editorial Director Mike Mills in a phone interview with FishbowlDC Tuesday afternoon, who said Battaglia’s departure “seemed sudden,” but “wasn’t as sudden as it seemed. I think it sort of crept up on everybody.”

Mills said he was not involved in Battaglia’s departure, though it is clear he was heavily involved in Editor Charlie Mitchell leaving the publication last fall, a move that triggered much grief throughout the newsroom. “I was not a part of any negotiation,” Mills said with a sigh that sounded like relief. “Refreshingly distant on the editorial side.”

He sung Battaglia’s praises effusively. “I gotta say though, I’m really going to miss Laurie,” he said. “She has been a terrific boss and a legendary leader over these 23 years.” He said he had spoken to her since the news, but didn’t want to characterize the conversation or say whether she was upset. “I can’t say enough about how much she brought to the company. The Economist gets  a third of its profits from CQ Roll Call. That was all her. She was a pioneer int his market. She has also been an inspiration as a woman leader. We just celebrated her being chosen as women who mean business by the Washington Business Journal a few months ago. Obviously I wish her the best and we’re friends and we’re going to continue to be friends. I’m very, very sad to see her leaving. She always wants what’s best for the company. I just feel badly.”

Editorial staff, meanwhile, was shocked by the news…

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The Hill Adds Monday Paper

In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Editor Hugo Gurdon told The Hill‘s employees that a Monday publication is being added to the lineup. Keith White, hired from Congress Daily, will be heading up the Monday paper. Gurdon says the new edition will not add work for reporters but will allow them to write longer pieces should they so choose. Extra staff will be hired.

See the memo after the jump…

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Two Upped at CQ Roll Call

This afternoon Laurie Battaglia announced the promotions of two folks from the business side of CQ Roll CallKeith White has been named SVP and Publisher of Premium Services and Mark Walters will become SVP and Group Publisher overseeing CQ Weekly, CQ Today and Roll Call.  Battaglia’s memo below:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Keith White will take on the role of SVP and Publisher of Premium Services. He will assume ownership of leveraging the strategies that will help grow our current premium digital products, which includes CQ.com, Capwiz, the specialty publications and Knowlegis.

Mark Walters will become SVP and Group Publisher, with responsibility for CQ Weekly, CQ Today, Roll Call, and our new free websites. Like Keith, he will take responsibility for driving growth strategies for these publications, in conjunction with editorial.

As most of you know, I’m a big believer that ownership always yields the best results, so I’m very excited about these changes as I believe they will help drive the best results both in business and in editorial.  Please welcome me in congratulating Keith and Mark in their newly enhanced roles.

Laurie Battaglia

EVP and Managing Director

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Five Journos Bid Farewell in Senate Press Gallery

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The Senate Press Gallery held a small soiree Wednesday afternoon for five journalists who are retiring (or who took bailouts).

A white sheet cake was decorated with their names on it and two garbage cans full of ice and beers were part of the offerings. Those being celebrated include: Congress Daily’s Dave Hess, Lou Peck, Keith White, Mike Posner, and Susan Milligan of The Boston Globe, who, reports HuffPost Hill, is going on sabbatical.

Noted one scribe who attended noticed that the back table in the gallery had been piled with tasty food and drinks all day in prep for the party.

NJ Circulates Survey – Major Changes Being Discussed

survey.jpgNJ has circulated an online customer survey suggesting that big changes are being bandied about at CongressDaily, including possibly merging the publication’s content with other reporting NJ produces. The survey, said a subscriber who took it, also suggested that NJ could be considering a name change for CongressDaily.

One question involved CQ’s bill tracking service that is a longtime favorite to a variety of Capitol Hill publications and lobbyists around town. The gist: ‘What if we could could do CQ Bill Tracker and give it to you cheaper?’

NJ declined to comment.

As previously reported by FBDC, major change is happening at CongressDaily these days with the recent departures of top tier editors Lou Peck and Keith White and Jason Dick serving as acting editor.

CongessDaily alumni are abuzz, getting in touch with old pals to find out what’s next. “My understanding is that they are taking a serious look at what CongressDaily is and trying to figure out what to do with it,” said the Capitol Hill publication subscriber.

The survey was 25-30 questions and took approximately 10 minutes to finish.

CongressDaily’s Peck and White Out, Dick In

Times are changing at CongressDaily. Founding Editor-in-Chief Lou Peck and Editor Keith White are out. Managing Editor Jason Dick is the acting Editor.

Sources behind the scenes say the change is a good one. While some are shocked by the decision, others saw the writing on the wall and see the shift as something that is going to “invigorate” the publication.

David Miller, spokesman, told FishbowlDC: “Both worked for the publication for many years — Lou was CongressDaily’s founding editor — and their efforts were instrumental in making CongressDaily the success it is today. We deeply appreciate their many contributions.”

CQ-Roll Call Deal Signed, Management Changes Announced

First on FishbowlDC: The ink is still drying on the Roll Call/Congressional Quarterly deal and new management changes are already being announced — one of which involves Peter Cherukuri‘s position as publisher.

Cherukuri, the boy-wonder publisher of Roll Call will be stepping aside because his position “is redundant.” Cherukuri will aid in the transition for the next 30 days.

From Laurie Battaglia‘s memo (obtained by FishbowlDC) this morning:

The changes

Editorial Mike Mills joined Roll Call as editorial director in February of this year. Mike spent more than 11 years at CQ and will now serve as senior vice president and editorial director for CQ-Roll Call Group, overseeing all products and publications. Under Mike, Susan Benkelman (CQ executive editor) becomes executive editor of news for CQ and John Dineen (managing editor, CQ.com) becomes executive editor of publications for CQ. Both Susan and John are veterans of CQ. Charlie Mitchell will continue in his role as editor of Roll Call.

Information Services Keith White, formerly CQ publisher and senior vice president, will head up Information Services as senior vice president and associate director of CQ-Roll Call Group. Keith has been with CQ since 2001 after serving in executive positions at LexisNexis and AOL. Because Information Services include all subscription-based products, Barkley Kern (senior vice president, Capitol Advantage) will report to Keith. Additionally, Jim Gale (vice president of circulation sales, CQ), Greg Hamilton (chief marketing officer, CQ) and Ron Hogan (general manager, State Track) will continue to report to Keith.

Advertising Victoria Lion Monroe, formerly CQ associate publisher and vice president of advertising, will lead the Group’s advertising team as senior vice president. Victoria has been with CQ since July 2008 and brings more than 20 years of advertising experience, including extensive agency experience. Karen Whitman (vice president of advertising) and Cliff McKinney (director of advertising) will now report to Victoria.

Technology Dennis Arndt, who joined Roll Call Group as chief technology officer this past April, will serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer across the CQ-Roll Call Group. Dennis has more than 20 years of technology experience including senior-level positions with JumpTap, Monster Worldwide and Omgeo. Larry Tunks (chief information officer, CQ) will report to Dennis.

Finance Chip Wallen, Roll Call Group’s director of finance since February 2008, will become senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing all finance functions across the businesses. Chip brings a wealth of experience after serving in senior capacities at CQ and more recently, Legal Times.

Strategy and Development Neil Maslansky, formerly CQ chief financial officer, becomes senior vice president for strategy and development. Neil has been with CQ for seven years. Before that, he held management positions with LexisNexis and Congressional Information Service. Neil’s department will play a vital part in our success by continuing to innovate to ensure we stay ahead of the market.

Client Relationships Arnie Thomas, Roll Call Group senior vice president of client relationships will continue in his role across the new CQ-Roll Call Group. Arnie brings vast experience in our market, having held senior positions at LegiSlate. He was also instrumental in the launch of GalleryWatch Federal, which was acquired by Roll Call Group in 2006.

Battaglia’s full memo after the jump.

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CQ Roasts & Toasts Bob Merry

Thursday wasn’t just another day in the life of CQ CEO Bob Merry whose departure from his home of 22 years is imminent, it was party central.

Part One: Cocktail reception on the rooftop of The Hay Adams with colleagues Mike Riley, Bruce Drake, Ken Sands and Loesje Troglia.

As happens at these events, the tributes were plentiful, but the crowd favorite was from Victoria Monroe of the advertising department. “Actually, I’m very glad Bob could join us tonight. He initially said he couldn’t make it because he was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail… Before speaking tonight I had two thoughts. First, how do you toast a charismatic, popular, visionary and successful leader? And, second, I am so glad that that is not at all relevant tonight.”

And, “Bob, we were hoping to get President Obama to call in and wish you well. We requested just 5 minutes of the President’s time, but the White House said he couldn’t do it. But Joe Biden did say he’d be glad to call in for about 3 hours,” Monroe went on.

Part Two: Dinner with friends and colleagues at Teatro Goldoni hosted by publicist Janet Donovan, who is also a publicist for CQ.

That portion of the evening was “off the record,” but we managed to snag this one photo from them. In attendance: Al Hunt, Jeff Stein, Craig Crawford, Mort Kondracke, Myra McPherson, David Rapp, Bruce Drake, Margaret Warner, Keith White, Jerome Cramer, and Judy Woodruff.

CongressDaily Movement

The below email was sent Monday by CongressDaily’s Lou Peck to the CongressDaily staff.

    All:

    As many of you know, there have been ongoing discussions since Charlie Mitchell’s departure last month about how best to structure the editing/management staff as we look forward to a new Congress — while facing an increasingly competitive marketplace. I wanted to briefly share with you some decisions that have been reached so far.

    **Effective February 1, I will assume the title of editor in chief of CongressDaily, and Keith White will be taking over the title of editor. I should note that this particular change has been in the works for several months. It reflects the fact that Keith — over the past two to three years — has taken on the primary responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations at CongressDaily, while my job has been increasingly focused on longer-term editorial, business and administrative issues at CongressDaily, as well as fulfilling my current role as editor in chief of Technology Daily.

    **The above move leaves open Keith’s current title as executive editor, and Dave Morris will assume that title — as well as some changed responsibilities — in the coming weeks. As a major part of his new duties, Dave will be taking over the day-to-day supervision of the reporters in the “political unit” who were overseen by Charlie during the past several years. In addition, Dave will take on day-to-day supervisory responsibility with regard to the CongressDaily Web site. The National Journal Group Web site is about to undergo an upgrading affecting CongressDaily and all other NJG publications, and that will be discussed in detail at this coming Friday morning’s staff meeting. We will also be hiring another staffer in the coming weeks who will be devoted to Web production, thereby enhancing our capabilities with regard to the CongressDaily Web site.

    As the veterans on staff are aware, Dave arrived at CongressDaily in mid-2004 as AM managing editor (not counting a stint as a freelancer in early 2003) after a journalistic career that has included the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and ABC News. During the past two and a half years, Dave has been responsible for numerous initiatives at the AM edition — and the result has been both more and better content and increased operating efficiency. Working closely with the other CongressDaily editors, I look forward to Dave’s applying that sense of innovation to the Web — a platform which, as all of you well know, is taking on vastly increased importance in all sectors of journalism.

    **With Dave being elevated to the executive editor’s slot, Jason Dick will be promoted to AM managing editor. In his current role as deputy managing editor, Jason — whose previous life with National Journal Group includes a stint as an editor at Greenwire in the late 1990s — has been Dave’s second in command for the past two and a half years. He has performed in an outstanding manner, where — in addition to his role of making sure that the AM is “put to bed” every night — he has become increasingly involved in developing content and overseeing the reporting staff. Consequently, many of you already have had the chance to get to know Jason — and to observe first-hand why his promotion is so well-deserved. In the coming weeks, in conjunction with Jason, we will be searching for someone to assume his current duties as deputy managing editor.

    Let me also note that Senior Editor Rick Sia and PM Managing Editor Jack Deutsch will be taking on additional responsibilities as part of this restructuring. Rick — who, over the past year, has developed a number of outstanding packages for the Web site featuring in-depth CongressDaily reporting and other content — will work closely with Dave on future such packages. In addition, I’ve asked Rick — who will continue to oversee our defense and homeland security reporting — to play an expanded role in identifying enterprise stories that can be pursued by all members of the reporting staff. A number of you have expressed the desire to do more in-depth reporting, and I firmly believe the publication would benefit from this. And there is no better person than Rick, with his extensive background in investigative reporting, to play a key role in this effort. Meanwhile, Jack, in addition to continuing to oversee the PM edition, will play an expanded role in late afternoons each day — as he works with Jason to help to frame coverage for both the next day’s AM and PM editions. Jack brings to the table many years as both a reporter and editor focused on Capitol Hill, and we look forward to taking increased advantage of that experience.

    In closing, let me apologize for having to pass along the above information via e-mail rather than in person. But, as you know, getting everyone together when Congress is in session is not an easy task, and I wanted to bring you up to speed as soon as possible.

    As noted above, we will be having a meeting Friday morning at our satellite offices at Fairchild to discuss the new Web site, and I’d be happy to talk further at that time about our new plan of organization. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to give Keith White or me a call if you have any questions. And please join me in congratulating Keith, Dave and Jason on their new titles.

    Regards,

    Lou

Some context: White is a former reporter for Gannett News Service. Morris was in charge of exit polling at AP and was with Bloomberg. Dick worked at Greenwire before joining CongressDaily several years ago.

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