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Yahoo! News‘ White House Correspondent Olivier Knox has been promoted to chief Washington correspondent. In new role, Olivier will be the face of the news outlet in Washington. According to a release, he will “move beyond the scope of covering the Obama White House to cover Washington politics broadly.” Knox first joined Yahoo! News in February, 2012, after a decade at Agence France-Press.
Looks like he’s off to a great start. This morning he writes on Twitter, “PSA part deux: got on Red Line train 7:50. Now 8:16 am at Friendship Heights. Gonna be a long morning.” And this: “Dear
@WMATA, why no extra buses running the Red Line route?!? Got on Grosvenor 7:50 am we are at Friendship Heights 8:28 am.”
Yahoo! News execs are boundless in their praise for Knox. He “infuses a love of foreign policy, a wicked wit, and keen analysis into his work,” they write. Editor-in-Chief Hillary Frey calls him a “wonderful ambassador for Yahoo! News.”
Knox covers hard news — he reported that U.S. Intelligence labeled the Benghazi, Libya attack the work of terrorists on Day One, showed how the Obama Administration flexed its muscle to undermine Mitt Romney’s overseas trip during the campaign, detailed how the Obama campaign store was a fundraising behemoth, and revealed that Obama backed holding a moment of silence at the Olympics in London for the Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Games of 1972.
They write that he’s “not averse to having a bit of fun on the beat.” This was evident as in his stories about Congress being less popular than colonoscopies, or a petition urging the White House to build a Death Star.
In his new post he’ll also co-host the online video show “Top Line,” part of Yahoo! News’ Power Players series with ABC News.
Yahoo! today announced Hillary Frey as Editor in Chief of Yahoo! News, and Aaron Task as Editor in Chief of Yahoo! Finance. In her new role, says a release, Frey will be responsible for the continued expansion and promotion of “original content, developing new franchises and recruiting new talent.”
Frey is a former Politico CLICK Editor, but we won’t hold that against her
In her new role, she will oversee the on-going evolution of the Yahoo! News newsroom, and work closely with premier media partner ABC News to further enhance their alliance on major news events. As Editor in Chief of Yahoo! Finance, Task will remain in his role as host of “The Daily Ticker” and will work to continually expand and promotion of original content, recruit new talent, and work closely with CNBC on their recently announced partnership.
In her past…Frey joined Yahoo! News as managing Editor in the fall of 2011. Prior to that, Frey was the managing editor of Adweek and before that, she edited political media and society coverage at Politico; from 2007-2010 she was culture and media editor of The New York Observer. She began her career as managing editor of Lingua Franca, and also worked as a books editor at The Nation and Salon. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Ms., and The Awl. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, GQ editor Mark Lotto, and their daughter, Lucien.
Yahoo! News has swooped in and hired Olivier Knox, formerly a congressional correspondent for Agence France-Presse. He is their first White House Correspondent. Knox had been with AFP for more than a decade.
Knox told FishbowlDC: “July would have made it 16 years at AFP,” he wrote in an email. “They hired me right out of SAIS. I’m thrilled, and I guess a little nervous. This is a phenomenal, can’t-turn-it-down opportunity to push myself while working with a team of all-stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to remember my late mentor, Peter Mackler, to whom I owe all that is good about my reporting (all that’s bad is entirely mine).”
In a early morning release, they explained that Knox has covered “almost every facet of the political story, from presidential campaigns to Congressional drama to the real-world implications of policy decisions at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. As the White House Correspondent, Olivier will bring that broad and deep perspective in his original reporting to the Yahoo! News audience, providing both timely coverage of critical events and a unique perspective on how and why developments in Washington matter for the nation as a whole.”
They cite his keen reporting skills: “Olivier has delivered exclusive takes and scoops and news, including his on-the-scene report of the infamous shoe-throwing incident at former President George W. Bush’s 2008 press conference in Baghdad and the current GOP candidates’ growing calls for ‘covert ops’ directed against Syria. Olivier is also a social media standout, recognized for regularly breaking news on his twitter account.”
The outpouring for Knox on Twitter this morning is what is most striking — if this were a Class President election, or Miss America for that matter, Knox would win hands down — everyone from CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former CNNer Campbell Brown to HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery, CBS’s John Dickerson, Reuters‘ Sam Youngman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, TPM’s Josh Marshall, PBS’s Christina Bellantoni and The Australian‘s Business Editor Geoff Elliott, all sing his praises.
Olivier will report directly to…
Hillary Frey is leaving Politico. A Click Editor since March who held the title of “Media and Style Editor,” she quit two weeks ago. The goodbye fete for her was hosted last night. Among the reasons she’s leaving: the commute was difficult. Frey’s husband lives in Brooklyn and she’d commute to Washington three days here, four days there “and I think it got the best of her,” a source told FishbowlDC.
We hear Politico is in search of Frey’s replacement.
Politico is not hiring one, but at least two reporters to replace Michael Calderone, the media blogger who left last month for Yahoo! News. One of those reporters, Keach Hagey, began at Politico on Friday. The other has yet to be hired, but FishbowlDC sources hear the person they want is someone with a “track record” for breaking news.
It is doubtful that the media blog will retain its interim name, “On Media.” It is also not definite that the column will be a reporter’s surname as it was with Calderone. Politico “Click” reporter Patrick Gavin has been temporarily filling in on the media beat. Though details have not been finalized, we hear he will likely continue to contribute to the media operation, but doesn’t appear to be seeking a full-time gig on the blog.
Another recent hire, Hillary Frey, will edit the media blog, which is a change. Calderone largely had control over his blog.
Hagey is an interesting choice. Most recently, the Stanford grad has been the senior business reporter for The National in Abu, Dhabi, UAE. Her online resume states that for the past two years she has been covering “media and marketing” for the business section of the English language newspaper. Before that, she worked briefly at CBSNews.com in New York.
In late 2006 to mid 2007, Hagey worked at the Village Voice, where she wrote a weekly column called “Press Clips.” Gawker feasted on these columns, diligently grading them on a weekly basis. (See here, here and here.) But the job didn’t last long – David Blum, then-editor-in-chief who had been trying to overhaul the paper, was soon fired. At the end of her trial period, she and those he’d brought on board were not retained.
Most recently at The National, Hagey’s resume declares that she co-founded the paper’s first business blog and went on to launch its media blog, “Mixed Media.”
Politico sent out an internal memo to staff early this morning announcing new hires and changes at the publication.
In a nutshell:
Hillary Frey: New media and style editor. Formerly of the New York Observer.
Maggie Haberman: Joins political team. Formerly of the New York Post.
Kim Hart: Policy and technology reporting. Formerly of The Hill.
Scott Wong: Joins congressional team. Formerly of The Arizona Republic.
Read the full internal memo from VandeHarris after the jump. More change ahead as Chris Frates resumes being a lead lobbying reporter. •Two former interns hired. •The publication is looking to hire more editors to “lighten the load of core editors.” Read on…