<img alt="blake.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/blake.jpg" width="200" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/The Hill‘s Aaron Blake has been hired by WaPo where he’ll work as a blog assistant under The Fix’s Chris Cillizza. He is the first reporter from The Hill to get hired on at WaPo. Hugo Gurdon‘s memo about the departure below:

Aaron Blake, who has been at The Hill for four great years, has accepted an offer to join The Washington Post. It’s a blow to lose him as he has become a master of campaign reporting and a thorough and reliable contributor to the paper and the Ballot Box blog. He’s a fine journalist and very nice guy to work with. For all these reasons, one cannot be surprised that he has attracted the Post’s attention. Please join me in wishing him all the very best for the future.

Thanks, Hugo

See WaPo’s internal memo about the hires after the jump…


National Staff News: Blog Assistants

We are excited to announce that Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake will be
joining The Post political team as we expand and extend our online coverage of the 2010 midterm elections. Felicia and Aaron will be working closely with Chris Cillizza and others involved in campaign coverage to produce daily race roundups for the Web and mobile products, provide research and reporting on congressional and gubernatorial contests, and contribute to
The Fix and other campaign blogs.

Felicia comes to us from National Journal’s The Hotline where she was an associate editor and staff writer. In addition to editing the popular morning tip sheet, Wake Up Call!, Felicia also covered key Senate and gubernatorial races and contributed original analysis and reporting daily for The Hotline’s On Call blog, and produced political video features.Prior to joining The Hotline, Felicia covered the 2008 presidential race for The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s leading daily. A 2005 graduate of Harvard
University, Felicia is fluent in Japanese and Chinese.

Aaron comes to us from The Hill, where he has had an impressive run
covering the last three congressional elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. As lead author of The Ballot Box, The Hill’s campaign blog, and a weekly newspaper column Aaron impressed us with his knowledge of congressional districts and insight into campaign politics. Prior to joining the Hill, Aaron covered Minnesota politics for the Star-Tribune. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Aaron and Felicia will arrive in the newsroom on May 10. Please join us in welcoming them.