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CQ Politics Announces New Fall Lineup

An internal memo from CQ’s Bruce Drake, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Since the networks are doing it, I wanted to announce the new fall line-up for CQ Politics. As you all know, Peggy Girshman is leaving her job after Election Day to join the Kaiser Family Foundation, Marie Horrigan is off soon after that to the West Coast, and we are adding a White House correspondent to help CQ Politics and CQ in general cover the new President,. So, I’m delighted to be able to make these announcements: Kathy Rizzo will take Peggy’s place as Executive Editor, moving from her post as editor of Inside Congress. Kathy has threatened me with all sorts of dire things if I launch into a flowery appreciation of what she has accomplished here and why I chose her, so suffice it to say there could not be a more perfect match for this job. Adriel Bettelheim will become our new White House correspondent. I have admired his work even before I joined CQ, and his ideas for how to cover the transition and the new administration will ensure that we meet our goal of doing this coverage in a way that is distinctive and focuses on stories that go beyond the routine. Emily Cadei will join CQ Politics’ reporting staff, even though she will have to pry Marie’s fingers off the saga of Staten Island. I’ve had several chances during my time here to work with Emily, and she will be an excellent addition to the staff. Last but by no means least, Tom Whitmire will be promoted to Web Manager for CQ Politics, taking on the chief accountability and responsibility for keeping us up and running, and the development necessary to continue building out and improving the site. Tom has been a rock for CQ Politics, and this is well-deserved recognition of his work. Aside from Tom, the start dates for Kathy, Adriel and Emily will be worked out to ensure the least possible disruption of the newsroom. There has been one change in our plans. The position originally posted as Deputy Executive Editor has been recast as an Assistant Editor. That job is still open for application, and Kathy will be leading the hire on it, so if any of you are interested in that position, let her know soon. I’m excited about these personnel moves and about the future of CQ Politics, which already has notched as many page-views this month as it did in September, when we set a record. It’s been a company-wide effort, and that’s why it is particularly satisfying to bring aboard fellow CQ-ers.

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Girshman: The CQ Announcement


From the release:

    Congressional Quarterly Inc., the nation’s premier provider of news, analysis and information on Congress, politics and public policy, today announced that Peggy Girshman, longtime executive at National Public Radio (NPR), has been named executive editor of its newly created Consumer Publishing division. The appointment was effective July 3, 2007, and Girshman will report to the general manager of Consumer Publishing, Bruce Drake.

    Girshman joins Drake, formerly vice president of news at NPR, in a recently formed enterprise to expand CQ’s offering of in-depth coverage of politics and government on its free-content Web site. This new effort will build on CQ’s success with, created during the 2006 midterm election cycle. The expanded free-content site, aimed at a larger, beyond-the-Beltway audience, will strategically complement CQ’s core business of providing unparalleled news and analysis to its paid subscribers.

Girshman To CQ

From CQ’s announcement:

    I’m very pleased to announce that Peggy Girshman, currently a Managing Editor at National Public Radio, will be joining CQ as Executive Editor of the Jefferson project.

    She will start on July 3.

    Peggy brings extensive experience and strengths to the project. She has been an award-winning producer and editor; she has worked in television and radio; she has been on the ground floor of several media start-ups; she has been NPR’s “entrepreneur” in forming partnerships with other media organizations; and she is a skilled practitioner at driving projects across departments within a company, as well as strengthening relationships with outside stakeholders (which, in the case of NPR, was the more than 280 public radio member stations that it served).

    In the last year, she has served as NPR’s Managing Editor for the Newsroom of the Future, in which she has grappled with many of the issues that we will encounter with Jefferson.

    Peggy joined NPR in the ’90s, serving as science editor, domestic news editor, deputy managing editor, and, before her current position, assistant managing editor. Before coming to NPR, she worked as a segment producer for commercial stations in Washington, DC and New York public TV station WNET. She also served as the senior producer for several PBS series, including Scientific American Frontiers and a 26-part Annenberg series on statistics, and as senior producer at Dateline NBC for 2 1/2 years. I have found that these producer skills are also invaluable in the world of the web.

    Peggy was involved with three start-up television operations: Satellite News Channel, Monitor News Channel and Video News International, a New York Times company that was a pioneer the use of small format video journalism. She has completed two journalism fellowships, one at the Marine Biological Lab, the other at MIT.

    She has won many awards, including a national Emmy award, 4 local Emmy Awards, the AAAS science-writing prize and two Peabody awards. She served on the boards of the National Association of Science Writers, the Journalism Fellowships for Child and Family Policy, the National Academy of Engineering “Engineer of 2020″ panel.