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Longtime CBS News Political Editor Dotty Lynch Dies

Dotty Lynch AU SOCDotty Lynch, a polling pioneer who served as CBS News political editor from 1985 to 2005, died yesterday after a yearlong battle with cancer. “Dotty was a rare combination of book smart, street smart, and incredibly funny,” deputy Washington bureau chief Ward Sloane wrote in a memo to staff today:

She led us through some remarkable times and elections. I like to think that Dotty was digital before digital was cool – she re-created and formatted The CBS News Campaign Directory in 1992. Those of you who had one will never forget it. It was a pocket sized book that had every phone number of every official any political reporter or producer could want. It was the envy of the road, many reported outright theft by competitors or being begged for a copy.

She also had an eye for talent – that rare ability to see not just what a person could offer today, but also to see what they could become. Here are a few examples of the researchers Dotty hired: FACE THE NATION Executive Producer Mary Hager and FACE THE NATION Senior Producer Rob Hendin, both were also CBS EVENING NEWS White House producers; Steve Chaggaris, who ran political coverage in 2008 and now edits CBSNews.com in Washington and Kia Baskerville, who is a special events producer and talent scout.

Sloane’s full note is after the jump. Read more

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Steve Chaggaris Rejoins CBS News

Steve Chaggaris, political director of CBS News during the 2008 elections, is rejoining CBS News in the newly-created position of Executive Editor for CBSNews.com in Washington.

Nancy Lane, executive producer for CBSNews.com, says Chaggaris will be responsible for content strategy “across all beats from Washington, with specific emphasis on the management of political content for CBSNews.com.”

Chaggaris joins CBSNews.com from Yahoo! News where he was Executive Producer overseeing special political projects. In between his last stint at CBS News and the Yahoo! job, Chaggaris worked at TBD.com and taught political reporting at Georgetown.

Yahoo! News Snatches Up Former CBS News Political Director to Lead Election Coverage

Yahoo! News, which recently partnered with ABC News on a wide-reaching deal, is gearing up for some 2012 election coverage of its own. The company has hired Steve Chaggaris, the former political director of CBS News, to serve as executive producer, elections. Chaggaris left CBS News in January, 2010 to go to Allbritton Communications. He was first named political director at CBS in 2007.

While Yahoo! was vague about its political plans, it sounds as though it wants to compete not only with other websites, but also the TV networks. With a former CBS News political director and a strong TV partner in ABC News, the idea may not be that crazy.

CBS News Political Director Heads to Allbritton Communications

chaggaris_cbs1-11.jpgMichael Calderone reports that Steve Chaggaris, political director at CBS News, is leaving the network to join Allbritton Communications, the media organization that owns a number of television stations as well as Calderone’s site, Politico.com.

In a memo to CBS staff, Chaggaris writes, “Next week, I will begin a new challenge at Allbritton Communications, better known as the owner of POLITICO. I have accepted a job as Director of Television Projects/Senior Executive Producer where, initially, I will focus on helping launch a new metro D.C. news website/cable channel.”

He had been with the network for 10 years.