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Former NYT Scribe, The Hill’s Founder and Politico’s Launcher Tolchin Struck by Truck

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Marty Tolchin was hit by a truck as he was crossing Rockville Pike last week and suffered multiple fractures of his knee. He is home but he is going to be laid up for six weeks, FishbowlDC has learned.

Tolchin spent 40 years at the NYT before founding The Hill Newspaper. When Politico first came on the scene, he helped launch it.

His wife, Susan, is a professor of public policy. With her, Tolchin has written seven books, including To The Victor: Political Patronage from the Clubhouse to the White House, which has been cited in four U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Their most recent book is A World Ignited: How Apostles of Ethnic, Religious and Racial Hatred Torch the Globe.

We wish Tolchin well and a very speedy recovery.

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Politico and Tolchin Part

Marty Tolchin, who was hired by Capitol Leader to recruit talent for the paper that would become Politico once VandeHarris came on board, has left the Politico (Tolchin, you’ll recall, is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Hill newspaper). Tolchin is joining the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Tolchin wasn’t always happy about being eclipsed by VandeHarris when Capitol Leader turned into Politico and the relationship was polite at best (in fact, many of Tolchin’s hires were eventually let go by the paper over the past year). In November 2006, announced that “the first phase of my consultancy draws to a close.”

This week, the newsroom bid farewell to Tolchin and Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker drew a cartoon just for Marty. Marty said, “Jim and John took this paper further than even in my wildest dreams.” Before leaving, Tolchin sent this email to the staff:

    Dear Friends—Many, many thanks for that swell sendoff. I’ll always treasure Matt’s carricature, which is now being framed, as well as that bottle of Dom Perignon with all your notes and good wishes. I’m grateful to Robert and Fred for the opportunity to play a small role in this great adventure. As I said yesterday, John and Jim have done an unbelievable job: In less than a year they have made Politico the premier Capitol Hill publication, as well as a must read for all political junkies. You all have given Politico great vitality and substance. You’re all not only exorbitantly talented, but also fun to be with. I’m also thrilled that under Mike and Waldo, the ads are beginning to roll in. Most of all, I’m grateful for your friendship. I’ll be in and out of the office next week, preparing for my next adventure at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and hope to cadge a few moments with each of you. I’ll be rooting for you, individually and collectively, and hope you’ll call on me if the need arises. All best, marty

Robin Reid Leaves The Politico

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FishbowlDC has obtained the following email from Senior Editor Robin Reid:

    Subject: time to part

    Hello lobbying team,

    Because of philosophical differences, next week will be my last at The Politico. I’ve got some other projects to pursue.

    I think the world of you and chose to stick around another week for that reason. (Hey, couldn’t miss one more round of Suite Talks, Matchups, Pitboss and This Day!)

    I’m sure that you’ll be in very good hands, thanks in no small part to Jeanne’s lobbying expertise and Andy’s editing skills, (which hopefully he’ll get to exercise more along with his knee).

    Speaking of knees, I’ll be at home healing mine a bit Thursday if you need me.

    Best, Robin

Word around the company is that everyone on board now has made the final cut for a Fall that will see the unveiling of several new Politico products (as we noted earlier, sources also claim that up to a dozen more hires are expected).

You’ll note that Reid is the first non-Marty Tolchin hire to part ways with the paper.

Politico Changes

FishbowlDC has learned that the Politico and two employees have parted ways: Associate Publisher Kenny Day and staff writer Jeff Patch.

The Politico recently hired an associate publisher for the Politico’s interactive division, Waldo Tibbets. Tibbets, however, will not simply assume Day’s duties following his departure: The Politico is looking for a replacement to Day, an associate publisher who will secure ads for the print edition.

The departures of both Day and Patch (and earlier splits from the paper) continue a trend: Hires made by Marty Tolchin during the paper’s Capitol Leader phase seem to have a short life span at the Politico.

Bruce Drake Steps Down From M.E. Position At Politico

FishbowlDC has learned that the Politico’s Managing Editor, Bruce Drake, is stepping down from that position, but will serve as a consultant for the Politico for at least a few months.

You’ll recall that Drake was hired during the “Capitol Leader” phase of the Politico and we’ve seen several people, including Marty Tolchin, take on revised roles in Politico World. It is likely that Drake’s new position within the organization is a similar revision.