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Defense One Hires Molly O’Toole

Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron announced today the hire of Molly O’Toole as the outlet’s first politics reporter. O’Toole will cover “the rhetoric versus the reality of defense and foreign policy issues before Washington, from Congressional committees to the presidential campaign trail into 2016.”

Previously, O’Toole was a news editor at The Huffington Post where she focused on Latin America, foreign policy, immigration, and defense.

Since February 2014, Defense One – Atlantic Media’s digital publication focused on the national security and defense industry – has hired Patrick Tucker as technology editor, Ben Watson as news editor, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Sarah Chayes as contributors. The site launched in July 2013.

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Tucker Hired, Gaskell Upped as Defense One Expands

New deputy editor Stephanie Gaskell.

New deputy editor Stephanie Gaskell.

Atlantic Media’s new Pentagon-focused pub, Defense One, is making some internal moves. Patrick Tucker was hired earlier this week as technology editor, and today Stephanie Gaskell was promoted to deputy editor.

Tucker comes to Defense One after a nine-year stint with the The Futurist, a bimonthly magazine published by the World Future Society. Tucker most recently served as deputy editor at the magazine, which explores the technological, scientific, environmental, social and policy trends shaping our collective future.

Gaskell has been with Defense One since its inception in July 2013 as senior reporter and associate editor, and has quickly made herself indispensable. In a memo to staff, executive editor Kevin Baron was effusive in praising her.

“The move signifies Stephanie’s solid and critical role to Defense One‘s editorial content and direction since our founding,” he said. “She is the heart and soul of Defense One and our success would not have been possible without her.”

The pub also announced that they will be hiring a news editor and several reporters in the near future.

 

Atlantic Media’s Defense One Launches

It’s finally here. Atlantic Media‘s much-anticipated new site Defense One launched today, with executive editor Kevin Baron at the helm.

Other editorial staff include associate editor/senior reporter Stephanie Gaskell and reporter Kedar Pavgi along with contributors Marc Ambinder, (previously White House Correspondent for Atlantic Media’s National Journal) James Kitfield and Joshua Foust.

Defense verticals seem to be all the rage these days, with competitors like Roll Call and USA Today rushing products out on the heels of Atlantic Media’s Defense One announcement earlier this year and their all-star hiring spree. Of course, USA Today’s offeringMilitary Intelligence—is a blog that seems designed to showcase content already in the paper more than original, deep dives and Roll Call thought it was smart to turn over its military coverage to a defense contractor while expecting us to believe this “sponsored content” was as good for its readers as it was for the paper’s bottom line (and the sponsor’s profile).

So, how is Defense One now that they’ve raised the curtain? Let’s have a look…

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Politico’s Gaskell To Join Defense One

Defense One, a new site from Atlantic Media, announced that Politico’s Stephanie Gaskell will join the site as a senior reporter and associate editor.

“Stephanie is a true pro, well-known across the military beat for her no-nonsense style and fair voice,” Kevin Baron, Defense One’s executive editor, said in a news release. “Having covered New York City, two wars, and now Washington, D.C., from the Pentagon to Congress and industry, Stephanie was an obvious fit for Defense One, which will benefit tremendously from her respected track record of unabashed journalism and eye for the stories that matter to readers.”

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FP’s Managing Editor Flew the Coop

Indeed, lots of changes at Foreign Policy Magazine as of late. Another one we just learned of is Managing Editor Blake Hounshell, who announced Friday that he was leaving. This comes on the heels of Susan Glasser‘s departure as Editor-in-Chief, as well as the losses of Josh Rogin to The Daily Beast and Kevin Baron to Atlantic‘s Defense One. Word on the street is Hounshell’s resignation involved Glasser’s leaving and subsequent move to Politico. We’re told it was his choice to leave.

As we announced earlier today, Foreign Policy held a meeting this morning to announce a bunch of new hires and promotions, including Wired‘s Noah Shachtman as Executive Editor of News.

Hounshell’s Twitter bio no longer includes any mention of Foreign Policy. “I decide to leave FP after six and a half wonderful years working with amazing colleagues and contributors,” he told FishbowlDC. “Very excited for my new projects. Stay tuned.”

FP Takes Swipe at Just-Departed Josh Rogin

The claws are out.

In a display of what smells like grudge-holding for leaving the publication, Foreign Policy is taking a swing at Josh Rogin, who left just weeks ago for The Daily Beast. They don’t name him in the story, but they rip at a piece he wrote like it’s a mouse they’ve been tracking all day long.

As we’ve reported, Kevin Baron, a top reporter for FP just left for Atlantic‘s Defense One. And earlier this week FP lost its Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser, who formally announced that she, too, was leaving. She fled to Politico.  The publication expects to name a new editor soon.

In the meantime, it’s Operation Attack Josh Rogin Full Speed Ahead.

Written by FP‘s Micah Zenko, here’s a taste of it. Read more

Fishbowl5 With FP CEO David Rothkopf

This week Susan Glasser, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Magazine for the past three years, dropped a bombshell on her staff and announced that she was leaving the publication for Politico, where she will head up a longform magazine-style writing department that will reportedly cost Publisher Robert Allbritton a good chunk of change. In recent weeks, FP has lost top writers like Josh Rogin to The Daily Beast and Kevin Baron to Atlantic‘s new Defense One. What’s more, the mag recently parted ways (amicably, we’re told) with Ed Diller, the publisher, as did the sales rep he brought over from the WSJ.

An FP source explained to FishbowlDC, “Ed was based on the West Coast, the other rep in NYC, and they were both extremely talented and good at their jobs. It just made sense for FP to redouble its efforts at its headquarters here in DC, and so that’s what happened. It certainly isn’t a reflection on their abilities and they both left the company on good terms.”

Sources tell us Rogin and Baron also left on good terms. “Baron is an excellent reporter – he was well-liked by his colleagues, he broke stories, worked his ass off, and did everything he was supposed to do. He may be able to provide more context regarding his departure. Rogin left to take the job at The Daily Beast. It was just a really good opportunity for him, and he’d done a lot here at FP.”

So how does FP CEO David Rothkopf feel about all the changes? Well, we asked him. And it turns out he had a hell of a lot to say.

It can be tough when an Editor-in-Chief leaves or it can be a bright spot, a sense of relief. What was your gut reaction when Susan Glasser told you she was leaving FP for Politico? I have a lot of respect for Susan and all she has accomplished not only at FP but also at the Washington Post. Her contributions to Foreign Policy—bringing it into the Internet Age, if you will—were enormous. But there are also creative cycles within organizations. Sometimes it can be helpful to hit the reset button, reevaluate and embark on the next period of change. This is a 44-year-old company that has gone through a number of such cycles and emerged stronger from each. That is what our intention is now. We have some big changes on the horizon—expanding coverage, new products, deepening the relationship with our readers in important ways—and so this can certainly be seen as a win-win moment. Good for Susan. And the beginning of new, great things for the FP community.

At least some of the staff appeared to be surprised by the news. Were they not given warning about it? This was handled just as it would be in any organization. Susan and I discussed for a couple of weeks. When we decided on what was going to happen we developed a plan to coordinate the messages from FP and Politico to ensure that this was seen as what it was, an amicable change that would begin important new eras at both publications. We then told top staff and made sure everyone in the organization was informed before the news broke publicly. We had a team meeting on Monday and the mood was just what you would hope for—appreciation for Susan and enthusiasm about the great opportunities that lie ahead.

Who will replace Glasser? Does Rothkopf know yet?

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Atlantic’s Defense One Names Exec. Editor

Foreign Policy‘s Kevin Baron is headed to Atlantic Media where he’ll be Executive Editor of Defense One, a new brand set to launch this summer.

“Kevin Baron is a rising star in defense media, and we are thrilled to have him leading Defense One,” said Tim Hartman, president of Government Executive Media Group, the division of Atlantic Media responsible for launching Defense One. “Kevin’s innovative digital approach, deep expertise, and pursuit of journalistic excellence make him a perfect fit to lead Defense One’s editorial team.”

Baron is a two-time George Polk Award winner. At Foreign Policy he was a national security reporter and authored the E-Ring blog, covering the Pentagon, defense and national security.

Free Fall Q & A With FP’s Kevin Baron

Foreign Policy magazine’s Kevin Baron, who typically writes The E-Ring blog, is filling in for Gordon Lubold this week to write the early morning Situation Report. So we caught up with him to see how that’s going. A bit of background on Baron: He came to Foreign Policy last July. Before that, he worked at National Journal for 10 months, and previously significant stints at Stars & Stripes and the Boston Globe. What lured Baron to FP was a newly created national security “channel” on their website to beef up defense reporting. It’s called a “channel” but doesn’t involve TV footage. He explains that the “The E-Ring” — his section — is named for a part of the Pentagon where you find all the big shots, such as former Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta. As a Pentagon reporter, Baron has traveled the world — Angola, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Korea, Slovakia, Qatar, Djibuti, Egypt, Israel as well as Afghanistan (four trips) and Iraq (four trips). “I don’t get to go on the fun trips like Paris and Rome,” he says. Baron marks the Peruvian chicken as the best food at the Pentagon. He explains that the “Pentagon press cave” is a fire trap because there’s only one door going in and out and only a couple windows. He couldn’t take a picture for FishbowlDC because it’s not permitted and he’d have to get clearance. But he says it’s nothing much to see — a bunch of cubicles, a long common desk. And no wireless. “They took away our wireless,” he says. Reporters must plug in through ethernet cables. To use a cell phone, he has to walk to the “outer ring” or near a window.

What’s your usual beat? I do the Defense Blog. I’m a national security reporter. I cover the Pentagon. I’m at the Pentagon almost every day. I cover Capitol Hill when it’s related to national security stuff. 

What time do you wake up and get to work? For this week, the Situation Report is a morning news letter. We have a pretty global audience. A lot of it is pre-reported the day before. After dinner, before bed I’ll do some writing. I get up 5:30 in the morning, put on coffee, feed the dog and start to piece it all together. I check the overnight news, especially the overseas Afghanistan reports. So I’m at home in my pajamas. I’ve been handing it in between 8 and 8:30. There’s no hard rule. It depends. It’s meant to be something to read after you get to your desk.

I didn’t realize national security reporting could be fun and snappy. Is that what your trying to achieve as the substitute Situation Report writer this week while Lubold is on vacation? That’s kind of what I like to achieve in all my writing honestly. That’s just my style. The more uninhibited I am, the better the prose is. Finding the voice can be difficult, especially when you’re trained to not have a voice. Up and coming journalists, I would highly recommend them to [know how to] do it all.

Why won’t you tell us where Lubold is? It’s so awful of you to tell us only that it involves sun, tropical and freckles. I should’ve asked him if he minds. It’s his vacation. I’m not going to publish his vacation. He’s getting sun, he’s on vacation. Is he out of the country or in the United States? I can’t say. [Grumbles and other sounds of irritation.] Come on, you can tell me that. No, I can’t.

You cover very serious world topics. Does it ever make you afraid or put more thoughts in your head as to what could happen? Um, I think it makes you more aware, but not more afraid. Just the opposite. It demystifies everything.

What do you think is the most likely event to happen? We spend so much time covering wars far from our shores. I don’t walk around town looking at security measures. I’m focused on whether the trillions of dollars chasing terrorists in the Middle East has had any effect on, not just American safety, but global security. I think this is the best beat in town in that I literally don’t know what I’m going to cover everyday. One day you’re covering military suicides, the next day you’re writing about whether Chuck Hagel hates Israel. You never know, it’s a great mix.

Coming up… Baron’s thoughts on Prince Harry. Read more

NJ Hires ‘Business of War’ Reporter

NJ has hired Kevin Baron, a military reporter for Stars and Stripes to cover the Business of War beat. He has a wealth of experience and his overseas assignments have led him to Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Southern Asia and the South Pacific.

Read the detailed memo from Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier

 

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