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    POLITICO Announces New White House Team

    Announcement from Managing Editor, Washington and Politics, Blake Hounshell and Editor of POLITICO Carrie Budoff Brown:

    POLITICO is proud to announce our dynamic new White House team — which will be led by Sam Stein, who picked a helluva first few weeks to dive right in, and Emily Cadei, who skillfully led our transition coverage and has been a living embodiment of the #OnePolitico mindset.

    Dozens of our reporters across our politics and policy teams will also touch on every aspect of Joe Biden’s presidency, from the promises he made to voters to the political calculations inside his West Wing to the agencies he is now tasked with leading. So much of our success in covering the transition stemmed from deep collaboration across newsroom teams, and it's imperative that we keep up that spirit of cooperation and tip-sharing as we enter another competitive news environment.

    There’s no group of journalists in Washington better sourced or better poised to chronicle the Biden era, and our new White House team will be at the core of that coverage:

    Laura Barrón-López, who delivered ahead-of-the-curve coverage on race and politics in the 2020 election, will spend considerable time on Capitol Hill and at the White House focusing on the power dynamics between the two. Drawing on her deep knowledge of progressive activism, she’ll also track White House relations with outside groups and movements.

    Natasha Bertrand, fresh from a great run on the Mueller and intelligence beats, will be covering national security through a White House lens, tracking the National Security Council and the broader making of U.S. foreign policy and national security.

    Chris Cadelago is joining the White House team after covering Kamala Harris and Joe Biden during the campaign. Nobody knows Harris land better than Chris, and he’ll continue to follow the new vice president closely as she enters office and calibrates her political aspirations. Chris also will be watching the Biden presidency wrestle with a momentous challenge: how to keep a governing majority in power over the next four years.

    Eugene Daniels, who joins the beat after turning heads as a video journalist, will play a hybrid role on the team. His primary platform will be Playbook, but he’ll also be a member of the White House family — following the circle around Vice President Kamala Harris, the first-ever Second Gentleman, and the East Wing.

    Natasha Korecki, a dominant force on the Biden campaign beat who repeatedly broke big stories, will cover the broad arc of the Biden presidency and his inner circle. Based in Chicago but a frequent visitor to Washington, she’ll have an unmatched perspective on the White House, rooted in the part of the country that powered Biden’s victory.

    Anita Kumar returns from four grueling years on the Trump beat as a correspondent and associate editor. Our in-house expert on the institution of the presidency and a player-coach for the team, Anita is gearing up for her third White House stint. She’ll have sub-beats on immigration, ethics and the counsel’s office. As a White House Correspondents Association board member, Anita will also assist on White House logistics, including travel and pool duty.

    Tyler Pager, a whirling dervish of a reporter who joined us from Bloomberg News and has laid down an impressive body of work in just a few short weeks at POLITICO, will focus on internal West Wing dynamics. He’ll also play a leading role in our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, working closely with the health team.

    Alex Thompson, a standout on the 2020 presidential campaign team, leads Transition Playbook, which he’s helped forge into a must-read on the turbulent weeks between Election Day and Inauguration. He’ll continue to helm that newsletter, while increasingly turning his attention to the nomination fights and West Wing imbroglios yet to come.

    Please join us in congratulating the team – and send them tips, encouragement and plenty of beverages of their choosing.

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    POLITICO Announces New Playbook Team

    ARLINGTON, Va POLITICO today announced a new Playbook team that will helm the indispensable, but unofficial, guide to official Washington. On January 19, Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels, Ryan Lizza and Tara Palmeri take the reins of POLITICO Playbook to set the agenda for the political day and days ahead; break news and make sense of it; and provide a steady dose of insider nuggets and intrigue for and about the power players in Washington.

    “This town” has changed. And no one covers this town quite like POLITICO Playbook. That’s why we’re thinking bigger for POLITICO’s anchor product. The most obvious and important change is the makeup of the team and how it will be deployed.

    “Playbook is the way the Washington political world starts its day, and keeps up with what’s playing out on the Hill, at the White House and across town throughout it,” said Matthew Kaminski, POLITICO’s editor-in-chief. “The team we’re unveiling today is made of some of the best reporters and smartest political writers that I’ve ever worked with. But they’re also incredibly dynamic and charismatic people who will bring firepower and freshness to Playbook every day.”

    Playbook 3.0 will take readers inside the backrooms of decision-making for all the important power centers — from the West Wing and congressional leaders’ offices to deep inside key agencies and K Street conversation, and ultimately to the campaign trail. It will bring readers to the front lines of the big legislative battles dominating the headlines — and unpack why they matter.

    The new team will shed light on the personalities driving those fights — their egos, insecurities and peccadillos. They will tell readers not just the stories that they should not miss — but what the people who are shaping them really think in private. They will aggressively cover the next generation of power players in a changing, more diverse capital. And we will be adding new visual elements and tools to tell all these stories in different ways. Playbook will also have its own dedicated editor, Mike Zapler, who previously was POLITICO’s politics editor for the 2020 election cycle.

    “The cast we’ve assembled will make this the best Playbook yet — with more insidery reporting across all of Washington’s power centers, and more sizzle,” said Mike Zapler, deputy managing editor, Playbook. “It will be even more informative and more fun to read.”

    Playbook 3.0 will be the insider’s essential guide to the Biden presidency and how Washington and the GOP respond once President Trump departs office. The team will obsess on the important decision-making rooms, as well as the informal salons of power in Washington, and bring you inside of them.


    Rachael Bade is a 10-year veteran of the congressional press corps, where her stories have illuminated the power struggles and personal dynamics animating the major policy clashes of Capitol Hill. She spent the past two years covering House Democrats’ oversight of the Trump Administration for The Washington Post, where she routinely broke news on the party’s attempts to hold the president accountable as well as the historic impeachment effort. She is currently writing a book, “A Perfect Phone Call,” for HarperCollins’ William Morrow publishing house about how and why the move to oust Trump failed. Before joining the Post in early 2019, Rachael covered Congress for Politico, where she spent six years of her journalism career. From her vantage point on the Hill, she chronicled President Trump’s remaking of the GOP, churning out stories with behind-the-scenes details about the struggle between pro-Trump lawmakers and those fearful of the new direction of the party. Rachael is a political analyst for CNN and has also appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” ABC’s “This Week” and Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.” A small-town, Ohio-native, she graduated from the University of Dayton with degrees in political science and communication and is a former classical ballet dancer.

    Eugene Daniels is a White House Reporter and Playbook Author covering Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and the Second Gentleman. Since joining POLITICO in 2018, he’s covered the midterms, the Democratic presidential primary and general election through print, video journalism and podcasts. During the country’s reckoning with race in 2020, Eugene moderated POLITICO’s Confronting Inequality Town Hall series that examined how inequities in policing, housing, healthcare, education and employment permeate and plague the United States. Prior to POLITICO, Eugene covered the 2016 primary, general election and national politics as a political reporter at Newsy. He began his career in local television in Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado State University in 2012.

    Ryan Lizza is the Chief Washington Correspondent for POLITICO and covers presidential politics, Congress, and the White House. Since arriving in Washington in 1998, Lizza has written about national politics, policy and elections for Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times and The Atlantic. Lizza, who is also a Senior Political Analyst for CNN, has covered every presidential election since 2000, as well as the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. His reporting on Obama won the White House Correspondents' Association’s Aldo Beckman award for presidential news coverage, and Lizza’s reporting on the Arab Spring won the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. Lizza grew up in New York and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

    Tara Palmeri was the host and chief investigative reporter of two acclaimed Sony Music podcasts — "Broken: Seeking Justice" and "Power: The Maxwells." She was a White House Correspondent for ABC News. In 2016, she moved to Washington, D.C., to cover the Trump administration for POLITICO. She was also a CNN Political Analyst. Before that she was a part of the team that launched POLITICO Europe in Brussels, where she covered European politics and wrote the weekly Playbook Plus column with Ryan Heath. She was also a CNBC contributor. Tara's work has taken her all over the world from North Korea to Afghanistan to a little strip of land on the Danube River called "Liberland." She was the inspiration for the tenacious reporter character in the roman a clef "Les Compromis" about mischief in halls of the European Parliament a la "House of Cards." Tara also was a columnist for New York Post's "Page Six" and covered New York City Hall. She started her career as a news assistant for CNN and then went on to write the Washington Examiner's "Yeas & Nays" column. She graduated summa cum laude from American University in 2008.


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    January 13, 2021

    POLITICO congressional reporter Olivia Beavers spoke with Variety about her experience covering the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.

    From the story:

    “Olivia Beavers, a congressional reporter with Politico, sheltered in place in the press gallery of the House of Representatives as rioters banged on the doors. She could see police with their guns drawn and representatives donning gas masks. Like Treene, Beavers sprang into action. Using Twitter, she sent out a stream of messages that conveyed to the world that the Capitol had been overtaken.

    ‘Doing that was something I could control in a moment of chaos,’ she says. She remained outwardly calm but noticed that her hand shook as she composed her tweets. As she was evacuated from the chamber and led down a winding staircase and through basement hallways, her right leg spasmed, forcing her to lean on the wall. At one point, Norma Torres, a Democratic congresswoman from California, latched her arm around the reporter.

    ‘We’re OK. We’re going to be OK,’ Torres told Beavers.

    Later that night, after Beavers finally returned home, she got a message from her godfather, a military veteran.

    ‘He texted me and said, “it’s impossible to describe fear and survival without viscerally feeling it,’” says Beavers. ‘I realized that was what I had been feeling.’”

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    December 30, 2020

    The Hollywood Reporter’s Alex Weprin reports that a high-powered roster of journalists will be guest authoring POLITICO Playbook starting January 1st until a new team starts later in the month.

    From the story:

    “Politico is turning to notable talent from the world of TV news and other high-profile journalists to lead its Playbook newsletter franchise until a new team takes over later in January.

    Starting Jan. 1, Politico says it will feature a rotating slate of guest authors for Playbook, beginning with Politico founding editor John Harris on New Year's Day.

    The company says that Meet the Press moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd, CNN anchor Don Lemon, and PBS Newshour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor will also take turns as guest Playbook authors in January.

    Other journalists scheduled to helm editions of the daily tipsheet next month include the veteran technology journalist, Recode co-founder and New York Times opinion writer Kara Swisher, and Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Eliana Johnson. Additional guest writers and other Politico reporters will also contribute until the new Playbook team takes over.

    Politico's Playbook newsletter has been led by writers Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer since the summer of 2016 (they took over for Mike Allen, who launched Playbook in 2007 and left to co-found Axios in 2016). Palmer and Sherman announced in October that they would be departing the company at the end of 2020, and handing responsibility for Playbook to new authors. (Disclosure: This reporter previously worked at Politico.)

    While there has been some reporting about who could take over Playbook full-time (Axios reported that Politico chief Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza and Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade were in talks to join the Playbook team), a Politico source says that conversations with potential writers remain ongoing and in flux.

    Ultimately, Politico expects there to be between 4-6 writers, led by a dedicated senior editor. The company expects to have the new Playbook team locked down in the first few weeks of 2021, and is hoping that its lineup of guest writers will bridge the gap.

    ‘In the next chapter for Politico Playbook, we’re thinking bigger, deeper, and multidimensional,’ says Politico editor-in-chief Matt Kaminski. ‘Playbook can’t just own the Hill or even the White House; the new squad’s mandate will be to own the town. We will aggressively incorporate new ways to enhance and differentiate the experience for the growing community of Playbookers—whether in the newsletters, on your screens, in your AirPods, or at in-person events when it becomes safe to do so again.’”

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    December 29, 2020

    POLITICO announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire E&E News, the renowned news organization focused solely on energy and the environment, now in its 22nd year.

    From the story:

    “Politico is adding some energy to its game.

    The nearly 14-year-old political news outlet is acquiring E&E News, a high-price subscription trade publication focused on the energy industry and environmental news, the companies said.

    The terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

    The deal will substantially expand Politico’s footprint in the energy news space and is part of a bigger move to grow its professional news business. E&E News has some 65 reporters in nine offices around the country, adding to Politico’s existing 17 editorial staffers focused on energy and environmental news.

    'The story of our generation going forward is the environment and how the energy sector adapts to what needs to be done,' Robert Allbritton, Politico’s publisher and owner, said in an interview. 'It is a massive story.'

    Politico plans to maintain E&E News as a separate brand, the company said. E&E’s principal founder and owner, Michael Witt, will remain with the company for some time in a consulting role.

    Despite the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Politico has had a solid year in 2020, according to people familiar with its performance, driven by record traffic during an election year as well as strong growth of its professional news offerings.

    The company’s annual revenue rose by slightly more than 20%, exceeding its prepandemic projections, to about $160 million globally, one of the people said. About 80% of that came from its operations in the U.S. and Canada.

    The news outlet will end the year with its highest-ever level of profitability—after years of hovering around break even—creating the scenario for the acquisition of E&E News to occur, the person said.

    While many digital news outlets were forced to slash pay and lay off staff to get through the worst of the sharp declines in ad spending as the pandemic took hold, Politico says it added staff. It now employs some 600 people in North America plus nearly 200 more through its Politico Europe joint venture with German media conglomerate Axel Springer SE.

    At the same time, Mr. Allbritton struggled with the launch of Protocol, a technology news startup that launched just as the coronavirus pandemic was hitting the U.S. Roughly half the staff of 25 was laid off a few months after its launch, but Mr. Allbritton said the site has managed to come in slightly above its projections for the year. It has since hired about six new people and is looking to add a half-dozen more, he said.

    The investment in E&E News will help further diversify Politico’s revenue streams as it enters an off-election cycle political year, and its events business—which was heavily affected by the pandemic—will likely be slow to return.

    Mr. Allbritton said the majority of Politico’s business comes from professional subscriptions and that most of its ad revenue relies on advocacy advertising. He expects such advertising will rise with a new presidential administration which is expected to change many regulations.

    Founded in 1998, E&E offers five publications that focus on policy, market, technology and science news about the energy industry and environment issues. Primarily targeting readers at government agencies, corporations and think tanks, subscriptions run from several thousand dollars to over $100,000 annually. The company brought in around $20 million in revenue this year, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

    Politico has moved to expand its professional business products in recent years. In 2020, it added eight newsletters and products focused on sustainability and the cannabis industry. It also launched AgencyIQ, which focuses on regulatory matters.”

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    POLITICO Acquires E&E News

    ARLINGTON, Va. — POLITICO, the world’s leading global news operation and information service specializing in politics and policy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire E&E News, the renowned news organization focused solely on energy and the environment, now in its 22nd year.

    The acquisition will unleash unprecedented coverage of the energy and environmental sectors, accelerating the growth of the best-in-class news and intelligence readers have come to depend on from POLITICO and E&E News.

    POLITICO will keep the well-established E&E News brand and its esteemed journalism in place. POLITICO will invest resources to expand E&E News' audience and impact, as well as explore opportunities how it can enhance or supplement POLITICO's other products from AgencyIQ to its advertising business.

    The purchase reflects Publisher and Executive Chairman Robert Allbritton’s vision to continue to grow POLITICO’s editorial and business impact in a key area of focus for policymakers, businesses, and professionals across the globe, and ensures that POLITICO can offer its readers and subscribers the most robust energy and environmental coverage in the world.

    “Our mission is to be the preeminent source of politics and policy news and information and to translate the decisions being made in power centers across the globe for the most influential audience in the world,” said Robert Allbritton. “We are doubling down on our policy coverage by investing in journalism and growing our product offerings in the energy and environmental policy space, which touches all aspects of the economy and government.”

    Michael Witt, the Co-founder and Publisher of E&E News said, "We are excited to join forces with POLITICO. I believe the combination of E&E News' trusted, independent and comprehensive journalism, and POLITICO's ambitious reporting, influential audience and innovation, will provide unparalleled and unique coverage of energy and environmental issues that our subscribers and the world need right now."

    The top decisionmakers in government, business, NGOs, and academia have relied on E&E News for essential energy and environment reporting for more than two decades. E&E News has the largest editorial news team covering these issues in the United States, with more than 65 reporters and editors located in Washington, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

    Adding E&E News' depth and reach to POLITICO’s agenda-setting reporting on energy, sustainability and the environment will open up new opportunities to expand coverage and product offerings at the intersection of policy, business and politics and reach a large new audience of subscribers. It will position POLITICO as the premier news organization covering a critical policy space that is set to be one of the most prominent political and policy agenda topics of our time.

    “Energy and the environment is the story of the next generation, and the policy decisions made by major global powers today will impact our families, our businesses, and our world tomorrow and for decades to come,” said POLITICO Editor-in-Chief Matt Kaminski. “We’re excited to welcome the E&E News team and to work with the terrific journalists at E&E News to deepen and broaden our coverage of these monumental issues. They’ll be joining a dynamic news organization committed to journalistic excellence and innovation, and to building a great publication.”

    Founded in 2007, POLITICO has grown to a team of nearly 600 who work across North America, more than half of whom are editorial staff. POLITICO Europe, its six-year-old European edition published through a joint-venture with Axel Springer, has grown to nearly 200 employees. Just this year, the publication started a new subscription offering focused on regulatory affairs, AgencyIQ, opened an office in Canada and launched newsletters on global affairs, sustainability, global health, and China. It expanded its policy offerings with new services on sustainability and cannabis.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Sam Stein joins POLITICO as White House editor

    Announcement from Managing Editor, Washington and Politics, Blake Hounshell and Editor of POLITICO Carrie Budoff Brown:

    We’ve found the perfect person to lead our White House coverage as we begin the Biden years: Sam Stein.

    He’ll need little introduction to most of you, having made his mark at not one but two innovative digital startups that came of age along with POLITICO, while being a longtime MSNBC contributor and a general force of nature in Washington journalism. He radiates ideas the way uranium throws off gamma rays — the kind of editor you want on your team to puzzle through how to tackle a big story and spot the angles others are missing.

    He has firsthand understanding of the Obama-Biden era and its team, which you may have noticed is getting a second act now. He also boasts encyclopedic knowledge of the divided politics of that era, which are likewise on track for a second act.

    Sam joins us after three-and-a-half years as politics editor at The Daily Beast and 10 years prior to that as a White House correspondent and politics editor at HuffPost. Somewhere on the way, he also co-created his own terrific podcast, built around a series of interviews with candidates who ran for office and lost. He wanted to call it "Losers," a person familiar with the deliberations informed us, but worried about how the name would affect his bookings. So he settled on “Candidate Confessional.”

    Sam has racked up accolades while producing many a scoop that made his competitors envious: His work on the effects of sequestration was recognized by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, for instance. He also was the first reporter from an online news outlet to ask the president a question at a White House press conference. (Video of that moment includes the extremely rare footage of a journalist nearly eating a microphone because of intense anxiety, the person familiar told POLITICO.)

    Prior to entering journalism, Sam went to school at Dartmouth College and served as press secretary for the Center for Public Integrity. After that, he attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Sam's main love used to be his dog, a beagle named Bennet. But then Sam had kids (two young boys) and—as these things go—no longer pays all that much attention to Bennet. Poor Bennet.

    Sam starts Jan. 4 and will report to Blake. More announcements about the White House team coming soon, but in the meantime please give the new guy a warm POLITICO welcome -- and join us in thanking Sudeep and Cory for skillfully steering the ship these past few years.

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    Olivia Beavers joins POLITICO as author of Huddle newsletter

    Announcement from Editor Carrie Budoff Brown and Managing Editor Blake Hounshell:

    We’re thrilled to announce that POLITICO has hired Olivia Beavers to take over Huddle, which has thrived under the able hands of Melanie Zanona.

    Huddle, a daily must-read in all the right congressional offices and well beyond Capitol Hill, is an important and growing franchise for us — and we’re confident we’ve found the perfect successor in Olivia. Mel will be rolling off the newsletter in January, diving into full-time coverage of the House at a time when the majority has much to do and little room for error.

    Olivia joins us by way of The Hill, where her smart and aggressive reporting on impeachment and national security caught our eye. She’s a familiar presence to many on our team, having spent many a long night at the Capitol staking out closed-door meetings or covering witness hearings in the House. Olivia also has written extensively about the Mueller probe and the parallel congressional Russia probes. She’s been known to joke that the House should start charging her rent for the time she spends outside the Intelligence Committee’s SCIF.

    A Virginia native and a University of Virginia graduate, Olivia got her start in Washington as a news associate at CNN, where she ran scripts for anchors like Jake Tapper and survived teleprompting for various shows. She started at The Hill as a breaking news reporter before covering cybersecurity and then national security. In her free time, Olivia tells us, she’s an amateur card shark and horseback rider.

    Clearly a POLITICO from the moment we first met her, Olivia is a natural for Huddle, and she has big plans. She’ll be working closely with Burgess and Heather, who have stepped right into their new roles as co-bureau chiefs during this busy lame duck session. Please give her a warm welcome — and send her your stories and tips. Her first edition will be Jan. 4.

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    Tyler Pager joins POLITICO as White House Correspondent

    Announcement from Editor Carrie Budoff Brown and Managing Editor Blake Hounshell:

    We’re pleased to announce our latest hire: Tyler Pager, a terrific journalist who will be no stranger to some of you in our (virtual) newsroom.

    Tyler, a 2016 intern, is coming back to POLITICO after impressive stints as a reporting fellow on the New York Times metro desk and a national political reporter at Bloomberg, where he covered the Biden campaign with aplomb and a relentlessness that often made his competitors — us included — jealous of his scoops.

    In the past few weeks alone, Tyler has broken news on infighting within the Biden team over campaign strategy, the naming of Biden’s foreign policy team, and the Trump White House’s brush with Covid-19. He’s shown broad range and depth in just a few years, diving into everything from measles outbreaks in Brooklyn to the rise of Elise Stefanik to murder mysteries in New Jersey.

    Now, he’ll be writing stories on the Biden presidency as it takes shape. Tyler will begin covering the transition immediately and, soon, the White House. We will make further announcements on the team in the coming weeks.

    Tyler is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he was valedictorian of his Medill School class and graduated summa cum laude. He was editor in chief of the Daily Northwestern in his junior year, and went on to study at Oxford for his master’s degree in comparative social policy. He won Nick Kristof’s trip contest in 2018 and traveled with the Times columnist to the Central African Republic.

    And he’s done all this without ever drinking a cup of coffee.

    Tyler grew up in West Harrison, New York and enjoys running, traveling and playing basketball in D.C. parks. He’ll be starting officially on Monday, though it’s possible he might have a byline or two before then. Please give him a warm welcome.

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    POLITICO Announces Fellows Program in Partnership with NABJ

    ARLINGTON, Va. — POLITICO today announced the launch of a competitive program that will offer four enterprising journalists or other professionals a front-row seat covering the biggest storylines dominating Washington. The POLITICO Fellows program seeks to empower journalists aspiring to jump-start a career in political and policy journalism.

    “As POLITICO grows quickly in Washington, across the nation and internationally, we’re eager to identify and develop the most promising journalists to realize our ambition to become the world’s leading publication on politics and policy,” said POLITICO Editor-in-Chief Matt Kaminski. “The POLITICO Fellows program is at the leading edge of our efforts to build out a newsroom of exceptionally talented people.”

    In partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists, the 12-month program is intended to train professionals who might not have gotten the opportunity to cover the White House, Congress and policy areas such as health care, trade, technology and finance. Reporting opportunities will include in-depth exploration of how key issues impact underrepresented communities.

    "The POLITICO Fellows program is the latest example of POLITICO’s commitment to cultivating the next generation of journalists,” said POLITICO Editor, Carrie Budoff Brown. “We’re thrilled to launch this fellowship with NABJ as a partner as we strengthen the diversity of voices in our journalism and newsroom.”

    POLITICO values its partnership with NABJ as a leader in newsroom diversity as it advances its editorial initiatives, including adding diverse leadership roles and increasing diverse content in its editorial coverage. The fellowship program also reflects POLITICO’s commitment to professional development of journalists at all levels.

    “The National Association of Black Journalists considers this an important first step in an important partnership to help POLITICO advance its DEI initiatives. We are looking forward to a very positive and fruitful relationship with steps to improve mutually beneficial initiatives,” said Dorothy Tucker, president of NABJ.

    Participants will receive total compensation of $60,000, plus benefits, and will be invited for a full-time reporting role at POLITICO upon successful completion of the program. This professional fellowship program also features monthly workshops, mentoring and other training as well as editorial rotations for career exploration.

    Candidates with strong writing and analytical skills, a passion for politics or policy, the ability to work well with others and a desire to learn and grow at the premier news organization covering politics and policy in the United States are encouraged to apply. POLITICO will select an NABJ member for one of four slots. Two fellows will be chosen to begin in January; and two fellows will begin in June.

    All applications must be completed and submitted by Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Click here to apply.

  11. POLITICO Journalism Institute

    ARLINGTON, Va. — POLITICO today announced that applications are being accepted for the 2021 session of the POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI), an intensive training program designed to advance newsroom diversity throughout the nation’s capital.

    The 10-day program for undergraduate and graduate students offers hands-on training for students interested in being a part of the largest politics- and policy-focused newsroom in America. The next full *in-person session, scheduled for May 25 to June 4, 2021, offers a unique opportunity for emerging journalists to sharpen their skills and have their work published by POLITICO.

    "Over the past seven years, the POLITICO Journalism Institute has mentored young, talented aspiring journalists by providing them the training and tools to succeed in newsrooms across the country,” said POLITICO Editor, Carrie Budoff Brown. “We’re proud to continue this program as part of POLITICO’s commitment to diversifying the next generation of journalists.”

    American University and the Maynard Institute will once again partner with PJI, as they have since its inception. “The future of democracy depends upon a free press. The School of Communication is thrilled to be part of the POLITICO Journalism Institute creating a pipeline of exceptional, diverse journalists to carry on this vital tradition,” said Laura DeNardis, interim dean, of the American University School of Communication.

    “Programs such as PJI play a tremendous role in expanding training opportunities to a diverse new generation of journalists. This is vital as we strive to bring diversity, equity and inclusion to our society,” said Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

    Programming for PJI includes interactive sessions, exchanges with industry leaders and mentor pairings. It also takes participants behind the scenes in the historic places where national stories are covered, including the White House, Congress, and the National Press Club. Participants split time between the POLITICO newsroom in Arlington, Va., and the nearby campus of American University, where they also are provided housing. All costs for PJI participants, including housing, meals and transportation are covered by POLITICO.

    After completing PJI, many students go on to internships or employment at POLITICO and at other news organizations. Maya King, a member of the 2018 PJI cohort, is now a politics reporter at POLITICO. She said, “PJI gave me my first reporting job out of college, paired me with the editors I needed to be successful and introduced me to some of my closest friends in the industry. In the two years since participating, I've traveled across the country, written dozens of stories across the politics beat and covered my first presidential campaign. I cannot recommend this program enough and all that is has to offer.”

    Applicants who are rising juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities will be given preference. Members of minority journalism associations are encouraged to apply.

    All applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2020. Click here to apply.

    *If it is not safe to have a full, in-person program on May 25-June 4, 2021 due to Covid-19, alternate arrangements will be made, which could affect the dates or format of the 2021 session. The program hosts will monitor the situation closely and notify the selected 2021 cohort.


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    Joaquin Castro, Dan Crenshaw, Sylvia Garcia, Alexis McGill Johnson, Jon Tester and others to be featured across four premier must-see virtual events this September

    ARLINGTON, VA – Sept. 2, 2020 - The Texas Tribune Festival and POLITICO announced a partnership today to present a series of top-tier Festival sessions under the “POLITICO Live from The Texas Tribune Festival” banner at this year’s remastered event. The partnership, now in its second year, brings some of the nation’s most influential public figures together for a series of must-see panel conversations. Speakers slated to participate in POLITICO Live at The Texas Tribune Festival panels include U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) and Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston); Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana).

    “POLITICO was a next-level partner at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, bringing sophisticated programs and great speakers along with their terrific journalists,” said Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune. “Can’t imagine doing this without them. Thrilled to have them back.”

    This year’s Festival – which will offer live and on-demand content throughout September – features more than 250 speakers and 100 sessions with top lawmakers, activists, artists, commentators and newsmakers from around the country talking about key issues impacting the entire nation.

    “We are thrilled to feature POLITICO journalists at the Texas Tribune Festival in the run up to a historic election," said Carrie Budoff Brown, Editor of POLITICO. "The Texas Tribune Festival convenes some of the most interesting people for top conversations and discussions, and while we will miss being in Austin this year, we are excited to bring the conversation virtually to even more readers and viewers.”

    POLITICO Live from The Texas Tribune Festival will feature the following virtual conversations:

    Sept. 11: U.S. Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) and Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) look ahead to Election Day and what it means for the Texas congressional delegation in a discussion with Laura Barrón-López, POLITICO’s national political reporter.

    Sept. 21: U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) talks about his memoir, his bid for reelection, and the year's cascade of crises with Tim Alberta, POLITICO’s chief political correspondent.

    Sept. 24: U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) talks about how to help rural America, being a Democrat in a Republican state, and the value of hard work with Jake Sherman, a senior writer for POLITICO.

    Sept. 28: The president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Alexis McGill Johnson talks about the intersection of women's health and racial justice with Anna Palmer, a senior Washington correspondent for POLITICO.

    The programming will be available to watch for free on both the POLITICO Live and The Texas Tribune Festival websites.

    Attendees of the The Texas Tribune Festival get additional access to more than 100 other events. These include conversations with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former Florida Governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Willie and Annie Nelson, and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

    A $199 TribFest pass offers unparalleled value with 30 days of live and on-demand virtual sessions, panel discussions, podcast tapings and weekly film screenings. Discounts are available for Texas Tribune members, teachers and students. Information on the Festival’s speakers, schedule and registration is available at festival.texastribune.org.

    Members of the media: Media credentials for the Festival can be obtained online. For questions about media access, email [email protected].


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