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Journos Find New Paths: Roll Caller Jumps Ship, Fox News Sunday Producer Makes a Move

Ryan Teague Beckwith is leaving Roll Call for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome to take on their political coverage. As many know, CQ Roll Call faced some 30 layoffs this week. Most involved business side employees, but Washington’s longtime Capitol Hill journalist, Richard E. Cohen, was shockingly in the mix. Beckwith came to Roll Call in June of 2009. In April of 2011 he was named Features Editor after Debbie Bruno (a.k.a. Bebbi Druno) left. Among Beckwith’s claims to fame is that he has a fan in Big Boi from Outkast, who follows him on Twitter, and remarked that it was “because u give real facts.”

In other job moves, Alex Finland, a producer for Fox News Sunday, is departing to go to work for Craft Media.

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SHOCKER: CQ Roll Call Lays Off Veteran D.C. Reporter

Lingering details about CQRC‘s avalanche of layoffs continue to pour in. Despite the hope being that no one in editorial would be touched, among those laid off Tuesday was Richard E. Cohen, considered by many to be the dean of the congressional press corps. Cohen, who came to Roll Call in July of 2011, spent 37 years at National Journal magazine, where he was the chief congressional correspondent, before leaving in 2010. He did a brief stint at Politico as their senior congressional reporter and then joined CQ Roll Call as the House leadership reporter. He’s won a Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress and has authored numerous books about Congress, including a biography of Dan Rostenkowski. He was also a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

“Rich is the most institutionally well-versed reporter in the House,” said a longtime Capitol Hill reporter who didn’t want to be named. “He’s a pro, is on a first name basis with every member that matters and most that don’t and he knows his shit. Doesn’t make much sense.”

“I read him all the time. Excellent writer,” remarked a veteran D.C. political editor.

Stands to reason, if he gets laid off, couldn’t anybody?

We wrote Cohen for comment. We also wrote CQ Roll Call PR for comment. They declined.

CQ Weekly: The Cover

This week’s CQ Weekly cover story by Richard E. Cohen and the publication’s editor Fred Barbash examines how Newt’s record will fare under a harsh campaign spotlight. They address important questions like the following:

“If he was that great as Speaker, why did his colleagues try to oust him? Why did Americans give him approval ratings in the 30 percent range during his time in office? And why do so many politicians and political scientists, when asked when politics got so poisonous, mention Gingrich?”

Also in the issue: CQ‘s John Donnelly reports on how deep cuts in spending would force tough choices on the Pentagon but leave the U.S. military with some of its biggest budgets ever; CQ‘s John Reichard reports on how President Obama‘s new pick to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, Mairlyn Tavenner, may have a gentler Senate ride than her predecessor.

Look for the stories online later in the week.

Richard Cohen: Like a Door Knob

Like a door knob, it seems everybody’s getting a turn with Richard E. Cohen. In a two-year span the veteran journo will have been under the employ of  three different Capitol Hill publications. According to an internal memo, the latest rag that Cohen will add to his roster is CQ, where he has been hired to cover House leadership.  His new gig follows a year at Politico and many years at National Journal.

No word yet on when Cohen will be hired by The Hill. Until then he’ll write for CQ’s real-time, daily and weekly publications, and for Politics in America. He begins next week.  Congrats to Rich!