The revolving door giveth, and the revolving door taketh away. Politico snags Ali Watkins from BuzzFeed while losing Shane Goldmacher to The New York Times.
Watkins, who has been a national security correspondent at BuzzFeed, joins Politico in the same role. “Ali is one of Washington’s most talented young journalists on the beat and has delivered consistently impressive coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election,” write editor Carrie Budoff Brown and executive editor Paul Volpe in a note to staff.
Like many, Watkins began her career as an intern, one who happened to be part of a team at McClatchy that broke a story on the CIA spying on Senate computers being used for an Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Watkins joined HuffPost in 2014 and then BuzzFeed in 2015.
Her first day at Politico is tomorrow.
Politico chief White House correspondent Shane Goldmacher, meanwhile, will head to The New York Times in July, where he will be chief political correspondent–for the Metro section. “It’s a feast for any political junkie,” write metro editor Wendell Jamieson and deputy metro editor Dean Chang of the state of regional NY/NJ politics in a note to staff. “And a goldmine for a reporter who can mine and capture these big personalities, their ups and downs, wins and losses, and put them squarely in the context of one of most intensely political eras in American history. We’re excited to announce that we’ve found that political junkie.”
Prior to joining Politico, Goldmacher had been a reporter at National Journal.