CQ Roll Call announced today that their current vice president of news, David Ellis, would be promoted to chief content officer. Ellis will replace David Rapp in the top editorial position.
“David Ellis has brought world class expectations for innovation and collaboration to our news operation, while holding a deep respect for our history and our culture of collaboration,” says Keith White, managing director and executive vice president. “He is the perfect person to help propel us to the future.”
“David not only understands CQ Roll Call and its unique position in Washington journalism, he knows where it needs to go,” adds outgoing Chief Content Officer David Rapp. “I couldn’t be happier leaving the newsroom in his capable hands.”
CQ Roll Call said in a press release, “Ellis has spent more than two decades covering politics and business in the U.S. and U.K. As VP of News at CQ Roll Call, Ellis oversaw the launch of the new look for CQ.com, established a daily Twitter feed featuring highlights of the news service’s exclusive content and led initiatives that saw traffic surge 30 percent on a daily basis. Under Ellis’ leadership, the CQ Roll Call newsroom live streamed continuous election-night coverage and produced a guide to the new members of Congress within 24 hours of polls closing.”
“In the past six months I’ve been excited to see out newsroom expanding its policy analysis and using new media outlets to expand our audience,’’ Ellis said. “Succeeding Dave Rapp, a giant in Washington journalism, is both a privilege and a challenge. My first job is to build on the collaborative, entrepreneurial approach to newsgathering Dave instilled between CQ and Roll Call.”
CQ Roll Call says it is actively seeking a replacement for the VP of news position.