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CQ Roll Call Staffers Take Buyouts

Five employees at CQ Roll Call have been given buyouts at the publication, according to a newsroom memo sent out by Editorial Director Susan Benkelman obtained by FishbowlDC.

The employees are: John Bicknell, editor of CQ Weekly; Robert Healy, senior editor; Melinda Nahmias, deputy editor of CQ Weekly; Lauren Whittington, leadership editor; and Randy Wynn, chief news editor.

We hear that part of the buyout is roughly five months-worth of pay.

“We’re going to set a date for an appropriate, official celebration of these employees’ long and wonderful careers, most likely the third week in May, and we’ll make sure everyone is aware of those plans,” Benkelman wrote in the memo. “In the meantime, please wish them well on this next phase of their lives and careers. We’ll also have some snacks and drinks in the newsroom late tomorrow for these employees’ last day. I’ll bring the wine, and the Kleenex.”

FishbowlDC reported Thursday that several staffers had submitted requests for buyouts and that decisions could come by the end of the day. It looks like that panned out.

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Roll Call Reshuffles Posts, Reframes Living Section

Roll Call is announcing shifts today that will be effective Monday. Probably the biggest is that Jason Dick, formerly the House Leadership Editor, is now going to oversee the newly named and expanded “Around the Hill” section. It’s now going to be called “Hill Life.” Dick will continue to manage HOH, the publications gossip column. Lauren Whittington will take over as House Leadership Editor. David Drucker will step in to cover House leadership. The interim Politics Editor will be Shira Toeplitz.
See the internal memo from Roll Call Editor David Rapp. Read more

Roll Call’s National Account Manager Walks Out

On Friday, Kelly Lindner, their National Account Manager, walked out after 17 years. The scene was tense and she did not leave amicably. She is the 11th woman to leave in recent weeks.

The publication maintains that the departures have nothing to do with gender. Some top women presently at Roll Call on the editorial side include Christina Bellantoni, managing editor Katie Smith, and Politics Editor Lauren Whittington. There have been four new female hires in the past month: Shira Toeplitz (returning from her year abroad at Politico), Janie Lorber, Amanda Becker and Cyra Master.

“While we don’t comment on individual personnel matters, CQ Roll Call continues to recruit the best talent in the business, and we encourage ambitious, hard-working men and women to apply and work for us,” said Rebecca Gale, Director of Promotions and a relatively new hire who started with CQ-Roll Call in January.

The Departed:

Laurie Battaglia
Jen Yachnini
Jennifer Bendery
Erin Billings
Ali McSherry
Elizabeth Brotherton
Debbie Bruno
Kate Hunter
Jackie Kucinich
Monica Sweet

Correction: The above has been corrected to reflect that Kelly Lindner is National Account Manager, not VP of Sales & Events, a role which she previously occupied.

Roll Call Snags Toeplitz Back from Politico

In what looks to be a game of musical chairs, Shira Toeplitz has landed back at Roll Call. She has worked at Politico for the past  year and now returns to her former employer to cover House and Senate races. “We are delighted to announce that Shira Toeplitz will be returning to Roll Call as a senior leader on our politics team,” announced Editor Scott Montgomery and Politics Editor Lauren Whittington in a email to staff this morning.

Toeplitz’s first day back is April 4.

Congratulations!
See the internal memo…

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No Election for Periodical Correspondents

Why this matters: These reporters elected to the Exec. Committee of Periodical Correspondents can help directors of the galleries in fighting for space and seats at the upcoming Democratic and Republican conventions which the gallery handles for the magazine, blog and newsletter press. Daily press and TV have their own press galleries and committees.

The memo:

Subject: New Executive Committee for the 112th Congress

As of last night’s deadline for nominating petitions for the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents, the directors received 7 complete and verified forms.  Since there are seven candidates for seven open positions, there will be no need for a formal ballot election.  If that is to everyone’s satisfaction, Rob and I will add an agenda item to the next meeting to approve the election of the Committee Members.  That meeting should occur sometime in January.

Members of the 112th Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents
Paul BedardU.S. News & World Report
Richard CohenPolitico
Stephen K. Cooper
Jay Newton-SmallTime
Heather Rothman – BNA
Meg Shreve
Lauren WhittingtonRoll Call

Congratulations!
Ed and Rob

Happy Birthday To…

Shira Toeplitz! Friends of the Roll Call reporter gathered at Johnny’s Half Shell last night to celebrate.

In attendance: Erin McPike, Elizabeth Brotherton, Ali McSherry, Jessica Brady, Kasie Hunt, Carrie Dann, Anna Edney, John McArdle, Lauren Whittington, Tricia Miller, Reid Wilson, Jared Allen, Alex Isenstadt, Doug Heye, Alex Reese, Shannon Flaherty, Don McGahn, Eric Schultz, Ryan Rudominer, Paul Lindsay, Joanna Burgos, Kara Sidone, Lenny Alcivar, Alex Conant, Amber Wilkerson, Mark Paustenbach, Brendan Martin, Rodell Mollineau, Chris Perkins and Phil Musser.

A friend of the blog points out “there was flack representation from all six campaign committees!”

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and a roundtable with NBC’s Tom Brokaw and CNBC’s Erin Burnett

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Council of Economic Advisors’ Austan Goolsbee, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Slate’s John Dickerson and NYT’s Jackie Calmes

ABC’s This Week: Vice President Biden’s Chief Economic Advisor Jared Bernstein, Sen. Ken Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Rep. Michael Pence (R-IN) and a roundtable with ABC’s Donna Brazile, George Will, Betsy Stark and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich

Fox News Sunday: White House Council of Economic Affairs chair Christina Romer, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and chief White House photographer Pete Souza

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Council of Economic Affairs chair Christina Romer and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, WaPo’s Kathleen Parker, BBC’s Katty Kay and NBC’s Mark Whitaker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Autos Task Force Chief Steve Rattner, Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Margaret Carlson and <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Kate-OBeirne-profile.html”>Kate O’Beirne and former CBS broadcaster Billy Packer

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jackie Calmes, LA Times’ Doyle McManus, National Journal’s Alexis Simendinger and ABC’s Pierre Thomas

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call’s Emily Pierce, Steven Dennis, Lauren Whittington, and Emily Heil

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Bill and Melinda Gates, NYU Stern Business School’s Roy Smith, Cherry Hill Research President Henry Blodget and The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and a roundtable with former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), GOP strategist Mike Murphy, Vanity Fair’s Dee Dee Myers and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

ABC’s This Week: OMB Director Peter Orszag, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, Karl Rove, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC’s George Will

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Fox News Sunday: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

CNN’s State of the Union: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, CNBC’s Suze Orman and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: GWU professor of media and public affairs Steve Roberts, CNN’s Stephen Hayes and Barbara Starr, political analyst and author Keli Goff and former NY Post gossip columnist Liz Smith

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Ellen Pinchuk, Kate O’Beirne and Margaret Carlson

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay and Roll Call’s Erin Billings, Lauren Whittington and Emily Pierce

Capitol Hill’s Revolving Door

Internal memos, obtained by FishbowlDC…

From Roll Call’s Charlie Mitchell:

    I am pleased to announce that Associate Editor Erin Billings is shifting her focus to take over editing responsibilities for the online reporting team.

    Jen Bendery and Tim Taylor will now report to Erin, who will be a key voice in the development of our overall plans for covering the Congressional leadership.

    Erin will be leaving the Senate reporting team as she concentrates on
    providing day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) leadership to our online news efforts. We all hate losing Erin the Reporter, but Erin the Editor is going to be a great leader and a critical player in Roll Call’s continued success.

    In addition, Lauren Whittington and Paul Singer will also assume the
    Associate Editor title. Lauren has rejoined Team Politics on a full-time basis and has been splitting responsibilities between editing and writing.

    Her new title reflects the player/coach role that she has been playing and will continue to perform.

    Likewise, Paul has assumed many responsibilities as our chief investigative reporter, and his new title reflects his evolving position as a leader of our overall investigative strategy. Paul has been and will be a key adviser and strategist for investigative pieces developed throughout the staff, and his new title formalizes this role.

    I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Erin, Lauren and Paul for jobs well done — and for taking up new challenges that will help define the future of our great publication.

From The Hill’s Hugo Gurdon:

    I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that we have hired Silla
    Brush
    , formerly the lead congressional reporter at US News & World Report, to be our Business & Lobbying reporter covering taxes, corporate governance and Wall Street political intelligence. He will start in the newsroom on Monday, Oct. 20.

    This hire is the first in a new phase of expansion that will add
    extra depth to our news coverage, and further entrench The Hill’s big lead over rivals in covering the nexus of business and politics.

    More great hires are in the pipeline, and I will let you know about
    them soon.

    Thanks, Hugo

Roll Call’s Musical Chairs

From an internal announcement from Roll Call, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I am pleased to announce that our own Lauren Whittington will take over the House beat being vacated later this month when Susan Davis joins the Wall Street Journal. Lauren has been a stalwart of Roll Call’s political coverage through four election cycles, and now will bring her sharp eye, graceful writing style and analytical skills to bear on the internal politics of the House of Representatives.

    With Lauren changing roles, I’m further pleased to announce that John McArdle will move over from the campus beat to join Team Politics. John has done an outstanding job covering the saga of the Capitol
    Visitor Center, cops, dangerous steam tunnels and more. We foresee big
    things for him on the campaign beat.

    And more good news: Emily Yehle will be moving from her current role as an editorial assistant into a full-time reporting gig, taking John’s slot on the campus beat. In addition to handling multiple tasks for the copy/production team, Emily has been an invaluable contributor to the Around the Hill section and as a spot-news reporter (most recently on the fire at the Cap Lounge). Please join me in wishing Lauren, John and Emily all the best in their new roles.