CQ Roll Call EVP and managing director Keith White informed staff today of Dave Rapp’s departure as chief content officer after the midterm elections.
In his email announcing the news, White references a “discrete timeframe” Rapp stipulated when he rejoined CQ Roll Call in 2012 as editor. In November 2013, he was promoted to the newly created position of chief content officer.
“We did manage to extend that in taking on his current role. I am afraid our luck has run out as his many other projects and plans beckon, and I know his passion for travel and writing will be high on his agenda.”
Rapp joined CQ Roll Call in 2012 from Bloomberg Government. Prior to that he spent 22 years with Congressional Quarterly.
“Dave’s legacy is staggering, and we are all indebted to him, perhaps none more than me, and I would like to express my profound respect and appreciation for his talent, dedication and achievements,” added White.
Rapp will focus his time on researching and writing a book outside the political realm.
White’s note to staff:
From: Keith White
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:05 AM
Subject: Personnel Change
Wanted to let you know that Dave Rapp will be leaving CQ Roll Call after the election. He leaves us with outstanding editorial leadership team in place, and I am recruiting for his replacement immediately. I could not be more pleased with the direction of his editorial leadership, and will be looking for someone to build on the change he has led. Dave will retain his duties through the election, and you should expect no let up in his passionate leadership or drive for change during the intervening weeks.
When we lured Dave back to run Roll Call two years ago, he stipulated a discrete timeframe. We did manage to extend that in taking on his current role. I am afraid our luck has run out as his many other projects and plans beckon, and I know his passion for travel and writing will be high on his agenda.
Of his 30 years in this town, he spent 24 with us. After becoming a star agricultural reporter, he authored a book on the subject. He then went on to lead the inception and strategic development of CQ.com, lead the integration of our print and digital news room, reinvent rollcall.com and move us to a digital first newsroom. Dave’s legacy is staggering, and we are all indebted to him, perhaps none more than me, and I would like to express my profound respect and appreciation for his talent, dedication and achievements.
Given his nature, Dave will fight all attempts to make a fuss, but we will arrange a way to get the better of him shortly. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Dave on this transition, and thanking him for all he has done for our collective benefit.