CQ’s Revolving Door

Three CQ internal announcements, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I am very pleased to announce that Dina Cappiello will be joining CQ to cover energy policy for Paul Hendrie’s team. Dina brings nearly eight years of solid experience covering the energy and environment beat in Texas and New York. Since 2002, Dina has written groundbreaking stories for the Houston Chronicle from its home office. One series prompted independent testing of air quality near some of the nation’s largest industrial plants. She has a demonstrated record of aggressive, thoughtful and creative beat coverage, writing a blog, columns and producing a weekly science page atop her daily and enterprise work. For three years, she covered the energy and environment beat for the Times Union in Albany. Her work has won the notice of judges in several national journalism contests and won at least six major local awards. Dina earned three graduate degrees from Columbia University, a dual degree in Environmental Science and Journalism and another in Secondary Science Education. Dina got her undergraduate degree in biology from Georgetown University. Please welcome her when she joins our team on Oct. 29.


    I am very pleased to announce that Gordon Witkin, an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, will join CQ as Social Policy Editor on Oct 22.

    Gordon brings three decades of journalism experience that includes twenty years of pursuing a mix of street-and-policy-level reporting on urban affairs, the Midwest, crime and law enforcement. He moved into the editing ranks in 1998 as the magazine’s Assistant Managing Editor and Chief of Correspondents, a position that put him in charge of seven national bureaus and a network of 200 stringers worldwide. He co-edited two special issues of U.S. News, including one examining the aftermath of 9/11. Since 2003, Gordon has been Assistant Managing Editor for the Nation & the World, a job that put him in charge of editing the magazine’s flagship news section with its attendant team of reporters and stringers.

    Gordon is an organized and insightful editor with solid management skill. He is a gifted writer and his work has earned him acclaim. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and plays the saxophone in a rhythm and blues band called Nobody’s Business. A native of Harrison, N. Y., he now lives in Bethesda with his wife, Stacy Ettinger, and their two boys, Nathan, 9, and Aaron, 7. I know you will join me in giving him a warm welcome upon his arrival next month.


    I am sorry to report that after a little more than a year as a member of our Economics & Finance reporting team, Victoria McGrane will be leaving our staff on Oct. 5 to become a financial services reporter at Politico. Vicki came to Congressional Quarterly as our Senate floor votes reporter in early 2006. She joined Jodi Schneider’s team as trade reporter six months later. We thank Vicki for her work in revitalizing our coverage of trade issues, broadening the focus from trade-related legislation to issues including China currency battles and foreign investment in the United States. Last spring, Vicki won a National Press Foundation fellowship to pursue her reporting in China. Vicki demonstrated her insight and in-depth reporting skills as she wrote In Focus features on CFIUS and the fallout from Sarbanes-Oxley. Her fine CQ Weekly cover story in May looked at the insurance industry in the wake of Katrina and the battle between the industry and Mississippi lawmakers. We’ll miss Vicki’s contributions to our publications, but we wish her the best of luck in her new position.

And Dan Fowler is leaving the Washington Examiner to join Congressional Quarterly where he will cover Homeland Security issues. His last day will be October 11.