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Two More POLITICOs Join CNN Politics Digital

cnndigital‘Three reporters in the same day? Really?’ is probably what’s being thought right now by someone at POLITICO.

Earlier today we wrote about POLITICO Pro trade reporter Eric Bradner joining CNN Politics Digital as a reporter for its breaking news team. Well just hours later, HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reports two more POLITICO-ers are set to join CNN.

Steven Sloan has been named assistant managing editor for enterprise reporting for CNN Politics Digital while Jedd Rosche was named breaking news editor. Sloan served as POLITICO’s Congress editor and Rosche was the outlet’s deputy breaking news editor.

Sloan and Rosche, in addition to Bradner, join CNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin, who was – in July – also hired from POLITICO.

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POLITICO’s Eric Bradner Latest to Join CNN Politics Digital

7c9294a3546ebef1fb6a08857121b047Eric Bradner, a trade reporter for POLITICO Pro, is set to join CNN as a reporter on the CNN Politics Digital breaking news team, we’ve learned. He joined POLITICO in August 2013 from the Evansville Courier & Press where he was the Statehouse bureau chief.

Bradner told FishbowlDC, “I’m excited about the move and about CNN’s vision for its digital politics team. This is a chance to play a role in building something special, right from the start. As a guy who came up in newspapers, it’s also a tremendous opportunity to learn a ton about video and social media alongside some really talented people. I can’t wait to get started.” Read more

POLITICO’s Rick Berke Emails Staff: ‘I have resigned as Executive Editor’

In an email to staff Sunday evening and after less than a year at the Rosslyn-based political news outlet, Rick Berke has resigned as executive editor of POLITICO.

“While our overarching goals are similar, Jim, John and I have agreed to disagree over the strategy for achieving those goals,” wrote Berke, referring to POLITICO president and CEO Jim VandeHei and editor in chief John Harris. “There is no acrimony and no drama – simply an acceptance by the three of us that the dynamics were just not there for us to function seamlessly.”

After highlighting accomplishments during his tenure, Burke went on to add that, “I saw a clear path to help them take Politico to the next level, but as time went on, it became clear that our strategies were diverging.”

Berke’s departure as executive editor comes five weeks after Rachel Smolkin, former managing editor for news of POLITICO, left to join CNN as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital.

See Berke’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

Zach Wolf Named Managing Editor of CNN Politics Digital

rRRQ0XAqCNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced to staff that Zach Wolf will join her as managing editor of CNN’s digital political endeavors. Smolkin joined CNN in August from POLITICO where she served as managing editor for news.

“As we launch an innovative new era for our political coverage, Zach brings a very special blend of talents: a keen eye for news, a deep knowledge of video journalism in both the broadcast and digital spaces, and a sophisticated understanding of the Washington bureau’s awesome news-gathering operation,” wrote Smolkin in an email to to the DC bureau.

Wolf joined CNN in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Prior to that he was the deputy political director for ABC News.

See Smolkin’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

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From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

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POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

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

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

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