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POLITICO Promotes Rachel Van Dongen to Deputy Managing Editor

Rachel Van Dongen, POLITICOAn internal memo from POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin this morning announced Rachel Van Dongen‘s promotion to deputy managing editor. Van Dongen was most recently Congress editor and deputy politics editor.

In her new role, she will work closely with Smolkin and alongside deputy managing editor Laura McGann. POLITICO’s Gregg Birnbaum, Dianna Heitz, Laura McGann and Nirvi Shah also serve in the role of deputy managing editor.

Van Dongen’s outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team going forward.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

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Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

ICYMI – POLITICO’s Todd Purdum and Dylan Byers to Relocate to LA

According to an internal memo (via NYMag) from POLITICO Managing Editor Rachel Smolkin, two of the outlet’s top talent – senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers - are relocating to LA. Purdum’s wife, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, recently took a position with Warner Brothers leading its communications. Byers is said to be relocating with his fiancé.

Smolkin squashes any notion of an expansion to California, as it recently did in New York when its parent company Albritton Communications purchased Capital New York.

We’re not sure we believe you, Ms. Smolkin.

Women on the Rise at Politico?

Are women on the rise at Politico? If you recall, in a recent interview with TNR, Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Isaac Chotiner got in a verbal dust-up on the matter when Chotiner uttered the phrase “overt sexism” and suggested that Politico has a female problem. “I think women would find the premise deeply condescending,” VandeHei shot back at him, saying no one who presently works at Politico would make the charge. And the facts are what they are. Even if you argue this may just be for appearance sake, there are a lot of females in high-ranking roles.

In recent months Politico has been a steady procession of men out of leadership posts. With what looks to be a substantial overhaul of Politico management, the winners are all women. Tim Grieve, who had repeatedly been accused of treating women unfairly, is out and now at National Journal, where his new colleagues say he couldn’t be nicer; Craig Gordon, the highest ranking male outside of VandeHarris is gone as of today — he’s off to Bloomberg News, where he’ll be Deputy Managing Editor. Females in high-ranking roles at Politico include Susan Glasser, who they’ve hired to run a longform magazine project and one their newest hires, Denise Kerston Wells, who they snagged from Washingtonian, to be a senior editor for the longform project. Danielle Jones, meanwhile, is the highest ranking woman in editorial who beat out Gordon and Grieve for job, Kim Kingsley is the COO and Rachel Smolkin, who will take over for Gordon.

We asked Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris if this has been a concerted effort combat the rap and put women in top roles and will report back if he replies.

See the extremely complimentary memo from Politico on Gordon as well as Bloomberg‘s announcement… Read more

Is Politico’s John Harris Comfortable Sitting Like a Pretzel?

Who knew John Harris was an amateur contortionist?

Every few days, some of the more high-profile reporters (“star reporters” as they refer to each other) at Politico produce a video of themselves sitting at a roundtable giving on-camera analysis of the day’s news.

They’re fairly boring, given that they’re essentially recaps of what’s already been written on Politico‘s website, which you have to wade through to get to the videos. But the one posted Wednesday night offered a rare glimpse of Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris in his natural habitat. Read more

Politico’s VandeHarris: ‘Some Exciting Editor Moves…’

What passes for “exciting” in Washington would be a real snoozer in most other cities. But let’s proceed. Today Politico‘s VandeHarris (a human fusion of Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei) sent a memo to reporters on new editors in their midst.

The memo announces major promotions:

Marty Kady: For the past two years, he has been the congressional editor. He will now be Deputy Managing Editor for Politico and Editor of Politico Pro (a position formerly held by the temper-filled Tim Grieve, who will no longer be working that closely with humans). Kady will be dealing with Grieve on managing the more than 60 employees who work for that section.

Rachel Smolkin: She has been deputy editor and then editor of White House coverage. She will now be Deputy Managing Editor for Politico.

See the other moves… Read more

Politico to Host Mystery Countdown Event

Politico is sending out “Save the Date” invites to their November one-year countdown election news event. The gathering will be held on Nov. 1. The locale is still secret. They promise political bigwigs will attend.

The time: 8 a.m. Please, Politico, we know you’re into world domination, but does everyone have to wake at 4 a.m.?

We can’t hint many more details to you because a certain reporter whose name rhymes with Bike Hallen called first dibs on it. But what we can tell you is that the event includes a “fun lunch” that will not be boring boxed meals or an otherwise lame seated affair. What’s more, many of the networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) are participating, along with senior political reporters from all partnering publications (such as the Des Moines Register), and some “very” senior former admin officials. And don’t forget Politico‘s “all-star” cast that includes Mike Allen (no relation to Bike Hallen), Jim VandeHei, Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Alex Burns, Charlie Mahtesian and Rachel Smolkin.

Note to readers: I’m told FishbowlDC readers are welcome to RSVP.

USA Today Hires Alison Young

A memo from USA Today‘s Carol Stevens announced today that the paper has hired the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Alison Young as a new health reporter.

Alison is the president of “Investigative Reporters and Editors” and has worked for the Detroit Free Press, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, Arizona Republic and Dallas Times Herald.

Memo after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 05.23.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the fourth consecutive week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54″ for the week of Week of May 14-18. “The last time that ABC won four straight weeks in these categories was more than ten years ago in November 1996.”

  • Talking Biz News reports, “Allan Sloan, the Newsweek Wall Street editor who announced last week he was leaving to work for Fortune magazine, said Monday that the decision was partly based on working with an old colleague and the demand for high-end business journalism caused by the launches of Portfolio magazine and Fox Business News.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN Worldwide puts the spotlight on the on-going needs of the Fisher House Foundation this Memorial Day weekend, airing news reports on its networks and services as well as promotions to encourage its audiences to donate their frequent flyer airline miles to the Fisher House’s ‘Hero Miles’ program. Airlines participating in the foundation’s ‘Hero Miles’ program have agreed to match donations made from 6 a.m. (ET) on Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, May 28.”

  • The 2007 Gerald Loeb Award finalists were announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management. Among the finalists were Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen for “Harvesting Cash” in The Washington Post.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for May 13-18 shows, “It’s a rare week when the situation in Iraq attracts more coverage than the political debate over the war. But that’s what happened last week thanks to one dramatic story line. And when it comes to the 2008 Presidential race, the media are busy wondering whether 19 (the number of current candidates) are enough.”

  • A reader asks, “how many actual reporters care about yglesias or any other bloggers and their pissing contests? answer: zero.”

  • Not only is Amanda Long leaving the Washington Business Journal, but she is now available to freelance.

  • A reader tells us, “On the Star-Tribune issue: Some applicants for the DC job received this e-mail last week. ‘I am sorry to tell you we have decided not to interview you for our current Washington Bureau reporter opening. Thank you for your interest and please consider the Star Tribune again in the future. Brenda Rotherham News recruiting & training manager’”

  • TVNewser tells us, “CNN.com Adding Local Content; Redesigned Web Site Launches Over The Summer.”

  • Also from TVNewser, “CBS To Partner With Discovery Times?”

  • William Arkin writes, “I went to a Red Sox game on Saturday, and up above home plate I couldn’t help but notice the press box: five, six, seven tiers of desks, filled with print, radio, television and who knows what other media all reporting every move and anomaly. It dawned on me that there are more reporters covering the Sox, just one baseball team, than cover the Pentagon.”

  • TPM Cafe asks, “Is it just us, or is The New York Times essentially covering the Democratic Presidential primary as little more than a two-person race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?”

  • Newsday’s Spin Cycle reports, Media Matters “has made a subtle but significant philosophical shift, criticizing not only reporters’ stories or broadcast utterances but the questions journalists pose.”
  • AJR’s Rachel Smolkin explores, “What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart

  • David Blum writes, “Last Friday night at 8 p.m., when no one in America was looking, CBS broadcast an hour-long tribute to its former anchorman, Walter Cronkite, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It was a classic backhanded gesture by CBS, the kind that demonstrates just how callous and insensitive the network has become to its great traditions and legacies.”
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  • NPR is looking for a Producer for All Things Considered.

  • The Newspaper Association of America is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • National Guard Association is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • ARCOM is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • UCG is looking for an Editor for Decision Health.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a Web Producer, a Sports Web Producer and a News Producer.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • The U.S. Green Building Council is looking for a Consumer Website Marketing Manager and a Manager of Publications & e-Marketing.

  • FierceMarkets is looking for a Publisher for FierceBiotech Group

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