CQ Changes

Bruce Drake, former vice president for news at NPR (and formerly of the Politico), started yesterday at CQ in the new position of General Manager of CQ Consumer Publishing. He’s going to be expanding their Internet presence.

And Clea Benson was hired to replace CQ Weekly magazine writer Jill Barshay, who left to become the New York bureau chief for Marketplace Radio.

From the announcement:

    To the newsroom:

    I’m happy to announce that Clea Benson, a reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Sacramento Bee, will be joining the Weekly as economics policy writer, reporting to John Cranford.

    Clea, who currently covers government spending in Califormia for the Bee, comes to CQ with a broad range of experience writing about issues local, state and national. In addition to the state budget, she has reported on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s management of hot-button issues such as health care and immigration.

    Before joining the Bee, she was a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered local government and politics, urban issues and social services and where she was part of an investigative team whose series on police failure to respond to sexual assaults was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    Clea’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr and has a master’s in journalism from
    the University of California at Berkeley.