CQ Roll Call editor in chief Melinda Henneberger, who was hired in October, is making some moves with the addition of five new editorial staff members to Roll Call’s ranks. And, as she indicated in an announcement, the hiring spree isn’t ending with these five. Details below:
- Phyllis W. Jordan is Roll Call’s new congressional editor. This signals a return to editorial for the former Washington Post editor, who had most recently served as the communications director for Attendance Works and, prior to that, vice president of The Hatcher Group.
- Mary C. Curtis joins as political editor. The NABJ hall-of-famer and former New York Times editor has most recently served as contributor to a number of platforms and publications, including Fox News Rising Charlotte, The Washington Post and The Root.
In addition to its two new editors, Roll Call adds three staff writers:
- Stephanie Akin joins Roll Call from The Record in northern New Jersey, where she was a general assignment reporter. Her work has included coverage of the George Washington Bridge lane closures as well as trials following an FBI political corruption sting.
- Eric Garcia arrives from National Journal. He had been a staff correspondent there, focusing on politics and financial regulation. Garcia ended his tenure at National Journal with a piece describing his experience as a reporter who has autistism.
- Rema Rahman joins Roll Call from The Capital, where she was a reporter focusing on the government of Annapolis’ Anne Arundel county.
CQ Roll Call chief content officer David Ellis echoed Henneberger’s promise of additional hires. “One of the many attractions of having Melinda join us was her ability to attract great talent,” he said in a statement. “Today she’s announcing the arrival of a set of experienced, first-class journalists to broaden Roll Call’s appeal — and there’s more to come.”