Publishers Beef Up on Political Talent as Election Looms
From Atlantic Media to Politico, D.C. bureaus are swiftly loading up on reporters, and openings proliferate.
As is often the case during election years, the media again became the story last month when CNN brought on fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi as a political commentator.
PageSix went as far as reporting that CNN president Jeff Zucker was "facing an internal revolt" over the hire — and that was before yesterday's MediaMatters revelation that Lewandowski remains on the Trump campaign's payroll raised ethical questions about the move.
Amid the noise, CNN wasn't alone in beefing up its political talent heading into the conventions.
Today, The Atlantic revealed its poaching of Buzzfeed national editor and U.S. politics reporter Adam Serwer, who will report to Yoni Appelbaum as deputy editor on The Atlantic's politics and policy team.
Serwer wasn't Buzzfeed's only political journalist to jump ship this week. Its White House reporter, Evan McMorris Santoro, has left to join Vice News as a political correspondent, Vice News executive VP Josh Tyrangiel announced yesterday.
Reid Wilson, a Washington Post writer and chief political correspondent for The Morning Consult who once served as editor-in-chief of National Journal's "Hotline" tipsheet, is now returning to The Hill to cover state politics — an area in which The Hill editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack, plans to expand coverage.
"We decided to focus more on hot political issues at the state level because more than ever, federal and state politics have become intertwined," wrote Cusack in a staff memo provided to Folio:. "The North Carolina bathroom law controversy is a notable example, but there are many others."
Wilson arrives at The Hill as political columnist and veteran D.C. journalist A.B. Stoddard departs. She'll join RealClearPolitics as associate editor, a move announced Monday.
Meanwhile, S.V. Dáte, National Journal's White House correspondent and Wilson's former colleague, jumped to The Huffington Post last month, where he'll cover the presidential campaign.
Perhaps the most notable turn of the political media revolving door occurred at Politico, where it was announced on Monday that Carrie Budoff Brown will succeed Susan Glasser as editor.
If the job board is any indication, the hiring spree is far from over. Atlantic Media's National Journal needs a staff correspondent for its Capitol Hill team. The New Republic seeks a politics staff writer, and NBCNews.com needs a New York-based editorial leader for its politics coverage. Vox is hiring Washington-based reporters and an associate editor for politics and policy. Politico needs two more politics reporters.
For its own part, Buzzfeed News is seeking a D.C.-based reporter as well as "a capable, experienced, and decisive news leader to manage aggressive coverage of the transition and presidential administration and Congress."