Four New Hires at Politico Pro

Politico Pro editor Tim Grieve sent out a pretty cutesy memo earlier this week, opening with “breaking news to report on health care reform – and it’s not all coming from Capitol Hill.” Actually, none of it is coming from Capitol Hill. It’s all coming from Politico Pro. Four new hires this week:

  • David Nather, formerly of Bloomberg, Congressional Quarterly, and the Dallas Morning News
  • Lester Feder, who has reported for Newsweek, The Nation, and Slate
  • Deputy energy editor Bob King from the Palm Beach Post
  • and web producer Brittany Hackett

Read the full memo….


We’ve got breaking news to report on health care reform – and it’s not all coming from Capitol Hill.

Just in time for this week’s House debate, David Nather will join POLITICO Pro today as our senior health care reporter.  He comes to us from Bloomberg’s BGov project, but that’s only the most recent stop in a remarkable career that’s taken David from the Dallas Morning News to BNA to CQ, where he focused on the relationship between the White House and Congress.

More recently, David literally wrote the book on health care reform — two of them, actually: He’s the author of “The New Health Care System: Everything You Need to Know,” and he’s the co-author — with former Sen. Tom Daschle — of “Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.”

Also joining the POLITICO Pro health care team today:  Lester Feder, who has reported on health, religion and the environment for publications ranging from Newsweek to The Nation to Slate and served as web editor for, a joint project of George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Please join Diane Webber and me in welcoming David and Lester to our health care team. And while you’re at it, please say hello to two other POLITICO Pro journalists who start this week:

Deputy energy editor Bob King arrives today from The Palm Beach Post, where he worked as an environmental reporter and editor and won numerous awards on a beat dominated by coverage of the $12 billion federal-state effort to restore the Everglades. Prior to arriving in West Palm Beach, Bob worked as a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, covering crime, the environment and politics, including the first campaign by the then-unknown Katherine Harris.

And web producer Brittany Hackett joins us today from Advisory Board Co.’s news division, where she tracked U.S. health policy, with a focus on women’s reproductive health. She was the editor-in-chief of The Gargoyle, the student newspaper at Flagler College.