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6 WaPo Hires and Promotions in 36 Hours

The Washington Post has announced 6 new hires and promotions over the last day and a half. The shuffling of reporting talent comes a little less than a month after Executive Editor Marty Baron announced the paper would be making “impressive investments” in the paper’s online resources and expanding its Sunday magazine. The pace of hiring at the paper, which was already brisk, has increased even more since then.

Here’s a rundown of the newest additions and adjustments to the WaPo family:

Jason Millman is joining Wonkblog from Politico. He has also worked at Thompson Publishing Group and The Hill, and will be covering healthcare.

Emily Badger is also joining Wonkblog. Badger, a former WaPo Sports intern-turned-freelance-writer,  was most recently at The Atlantic Cities blog. She will be covering urban policy.

Monica Hesse,  a writer for the Style section and the author of two young adult books, will become an enterprise reporter at the National desk.

Lenny Bernstein will be launching a new health and wellness blog. He previously wrote a fitness column and worked as an editor on the National, Local and Sports desks.

Colby Itkowitz is joining WaPo to help Al Kamen report and write In the Loop. She was most recently Washington correspondent for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

And Alyssa Rosenberg will be joining the Opinions section as a pop culture blogger. She joins The Post from ThinkProgress.org, where she has been the Features Editor and has her own blog on culture.

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Coglianese Succeeds Feaver as WaPo Reader Rep

Alison Coglianese will become the Washington Post‘s Reader Representative, succeeding Doug Feaver, WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. Coglianese came to the Post in May 2011 as the Ombudsman’s assistant. She became Deputy Reader Representative  to Feaver when they eliminated the Ombudsman position in March 2013, a move which drew some criticism from former Ombudsmen.

Feaver left in January of this year after a tenure of less than a year. The Reader Representative differs from an Ombudsman in that they are a part-time paid employee of the the paper rather than an purely independent voice. Moreover they write periodic pieces rather than a weekly column. Media Matters reported at the time that Coglianese was being considered as a possible replacement. In her new role, she will help make sure that reader questions and complaints are directed to the right place and responded to appropriately. She will also answer questions from time to time on the Ask the Post blog.

WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

WaPo Planning ‘Impressive Investments’ for 2014

WaPo will hire five more politics reporters early this year, Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. It’s all part of a plan to beef up their digital presence for 2014 and prepare to take on a slew new digital competitors in the news realm -including former colleague Ezra Klein.

Baron cited the recent hires of Adam Kushner, Fred Barbash, Jim Tankersley, Helena Andrews and a bevy of younger guns who will contribute to “The Fix” (all of which we reported here at FBDC), as evidence of the paper’s renewed commitment to digital. He also announced plans for developing “verticals” -or areas of specialization within the website, a “long-planned website overhaul,” and the creation of an overnight breaking news desk.

Print wasn’t left out of the picture either. This spring, Baron says WaPo will be expanding their Sunday magazine -both in dimension and in number of pages -and adding a Sunday Style and Arts section.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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WaPo’s Marty Baron Hangs Up on Evan Gahr, Later Apologizes

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Our resident phone enthusiast and freelance investigative journalist Evan Gahr remains fierce in his pursuit to get WaPo to say why they won’t cover a race and age discrimination lawsuit brought against them by a sales employee.

On Tuesday he phoned the Grand Poobah over at WaPo: Executive Editor Marty Baron.

And guess what happened? Surprise! Baron hung up on him. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Weekend understatement: “A Saturday free of news crises. #priceless” — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

WHCD Prom Week begins with wrenching choice

“Okay I have two options for the WHCA dinner this Saturday and not one gown in hand. Oh No! I hope to have the one today. cross fingers.” — American Urban Radio’s Washington Correspondent April Ryan.

In a word: disturbing

“My mother is drunk texting me. So I guess I’m at the stage of life where that happens.” — Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass. Just out of curiosity, who else out there is in this “stage” with his or her mother?

The Eavesdropper

“Haha guy on this awful date literally just said ‘I love sandwiches.’” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

Driver splits from motorcade in Jerusalem

“We have the worst motorcade driver in recorded history here in Jerusalem. We are actually no longer in the motorcade.” — NBC News cameraman Jim Long, who was in Tel Aviv this weekend on travel with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Parents advised to avoid press

“Were told Boston suspects’ parents would give us an interview. Then they canceled, saying were ‘advised’ not talk to press for a few days.” — ABC News Moscow correspondent Kirit Radia.

Important Q to Ponder:  “Would WaPo’s Boston coverage be as good if Brauchli was still in charge?” — D.C. resident and avid tweeter Kevin Reiss, referring to Blanched Marcus Brauchli, WaPo‘s previous Executive Editor. The current executive editor is Marty Baron, former editor of The Boston Globe.

Online brawling

“Your right. I should delete you, asshole.” — Seattle’s Scott Omli to Townhall‘s Derek Hunter, who replied, “It’s you’re and you blocked me, so why are you still tweeting me?”

Tagg feels pinch of sequestration

“Waiting in an airplane at Logan. Captain said FAA said we have to wait an extra hour to leave because of sequestration. It begins.” — Tagg Romney, son of Mitt.

Words of wisdom from a TV journo’s obviously religious wife and a journo tries to put herself in shoes of the Suspect #2… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“You really shouldn’t sleep this week. Professionally, it’s unadvisable.”Matt Spence of The Times of London.

Kudos to Boston Globe

“Great work all night by #bostonglobe team covering Watertown/MIT mayhem.” — WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has to be kicking himself right now for leaving the Boston Globe late last year to come to Washington.

A Social Media editor learns lessons

“I think I learned my lesson to wait for confirmation about what network/cable reporters say their ‘sources’ tell them.” — Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa.

Huh?

“‘I don’t know if that’s a fashion statement or what.’–guy on CNN, inspecting sunglasses on face of Boston suspect.#seriously” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Up all night with Jake Tapper

“When Jake Tapper is at the helm at CNN, CNN is what it’s supposed to be.” — Former White House Speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“God love @jaketapper: Almost everything he says begins with ‘Here’s what we don’t know…’ #JohnKingLesson” — Don Van Natta Jr., Senior Writer for ESPN.

“Hmm. @Jaketapper is really good in this sort of situation. Calm solid presence.” — Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus.

Network redemption plan

“CNN took ton of heat earlier, but props tonite-only news net going live w nu photo+MIT shooting. Isn’t that what news net is supposed to do?NYT TV Industry reporter Bill Carter.

“CNN should replay the interview with Dr. David Schoenfeld for laughs. Every A: “I can’t tell you that.” WHY ARE YOU ON THE PHONE W/CNN?” — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who also wrote this morning: “It’s too bad Suspect #1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now.”

A word of advice: “I don’t actually recommend going back to sleep, just did it, had bad nightmares.” — Dave Stroup, digital director for Aneesh Chopra for Va. Lt. Gov. 

The Observers

“One thing I learned serving in Lebanon is that young men & boys  with guns/bombs can be deadliest as they’ve yet to appreciate value of life.” — Peter Daou, political blogger and advisor.

“If these two are actually foreign trained terrorists, then this is the event we’ve been fearing; small-scale attacks on the softest targets.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

In awe of NBC’s Pete Williams (who broke the names of the Boston Bombing suspects)

“Pete Williams is a machine.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

“Journalism professors take note: @PeteWilliamsNBC has put on a free journalism clinic all week.” — Chris Donovan, producer, NBC News/”MTP.”

“Pete Williams is dominating all the “social media experts” on Twitter by… reporting.” — Andrew Golis, Boston-based director of digital and senior editor at PBS’s “Frontline.”

“Yay Pete.” — PBS’ Gwen Ifill. She later added, “FYI for all new @PeteWilliamsNBC fans, he’s been on this beat for bout 20 years #ExperienceMatters”

“How does @PeteWilliamsNC not have 100K Twitter followers? (Hint, Peter, start tweeting).” — Justin Green, contributor to The Daily Beast.

“Among the many excellent things about @PeteWilliamsNBC this week: Very clear about what he doesn’t know, or is unsure of.”– The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

“NBC’s Pete Williams proving that reporters don’t always have to be on the ground to get all the scoops and get them right.” — ThinkProgressIgor Volsky.

Meanwhile, Oversharing Sherri goes to Boot Camp

“Going 2 my 2nd #bootcamp session-anything called “bootcamp” scares me to death, but I must put fear of going over the fear of dying #health” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd at 7:30 a.m. this morning as news of the bombers dominated the news cycle.

And NBC Matt Lauer’s bad luck streak continues…

“Meanwhile Matt Lauer is shown live in West, Texas – doesn’t look very happy.” – Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

Howard Kurtz’s brilliant morning sentiment

“Wish I hadn’t gone to sleep and missed all the action in Boston. Hope that manhunt ends soon.” — CNN, The Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Howard Kurtz. (Photo credit: Politico)

At least Weingarten was joking: “You people really should have woken me up last night.” — WaPo’s Gene Weingarten. Read more

Separated at Birth: WaPo’s Marty Baron

WaPo‘s new Executive Editor Marty Baron has an unique look and one that doesn’t immediately conjure up a twin. We detect a touch of Billy Crystal around the eyes. But on the whole, we think his lookalikes are NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Valentine’s Day Bloodbath: WaPo Lays Off Workers in Hush-Hush Manner

On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, WaPo officially discussed the circumstances surrounding the layoffs of employees, FishbowlDC sources have learned. Internal sources appropriately place the number at 54, though a publicist hasn’t confirmed the exact number. Every department facing cuts was asked to keep the news to their department only, as to not make it look like a mass layoff. We’re told those given pink slips include Beth Jacobs, General Manager of Mobile, and Ken Dodelin, Director of Mobile Products. Sources say the entire Mobile Product Management and IT Project Management staffs have been eliminated.

“[CIO and VP Shaliesh] Prakash thinks these are ‘inefficiencies’ –  that is the exact word he uses for human beings who are not useful according to him,” said a source who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “Get rid of experienced people to save money, under the garb of streamlining is the new trend inside the Post.”

The news comes on the heels of the NYT, which recently offered buyout packages to 30 employees. That target number wasn’t reached; it isn’t clear how many employees were let go.

Jacobs’ LinkedIn profile describes her as a “senior-level executive with over 20 years experience in the in marketing, business development, product management and operations in the digital media and mobile sectors.” Before WaPo, she was VP of Mobile Business Development at AOL. She earned degrees from Bucknell and NYU Business School. She has been employed at WaPo for two and a half years.

Dodelin, meanwhile, is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Like Jacobs, he previously worked in Mobile Business Development at AOL. He earned three degrees — a JD and MBA from from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. in psychology from the College of William & Mary. He has worked at WaPo for nearly two years.

We reached out to a WaPo publicist Kris Coratti, who had no comment at this time. We also sent requests for comment to Jacobs and Dodelin. The emails, sent to the usual WaPo configuration, came back with failed delivery notices.

See the internal memo from Prakash. Read more

WaPo Names Merida Managing Editor

WaPo announced today that Kevin Merida will be managing editor, responsible for news and features coverage as well as the Universal News Desk. They report that his new role is effective immediately. Most recently, Merida was in the role of national editor.

“Kevin is a journalist of remarkable accomplishment, with a record of strong leadership. During his 20 years at The Post, he has covered Congress and presidential campaigns, as well as stories that called upon his great strengths as a long-form feature writer. He has cultivated a talented staff on the National desk, and he has won the admiration and affection of his colleagues. I’m delighted to have him leading coverage across the entire newsroom,” said Marty Baron, Executive Editor for The Washington Post, in a statement.

More personal info on Merida… Read more

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