Marie Claire Adds Washington Columnist, Senior Editor

Pamela R. Stevens and Colleen Leahey.

Earlier this spring, in a New York Times article about the GOP reaching out to female voters through women’s magazines, Pamela R. Stevens recalled the challenges of pitching to those publications stories about Congressional Republican women. “I really had to work it, work it, work it” explained the CNN-producer-turned-House-Republican-media-strategist in connection with pieces in Elle and Good Housekeeping.

Stevens has now moved over to a different side of the magazine-pitch equation: in-house. Per an announcement today by Hearst, Stevens is joining Marie Claire as a contributing editor and will be listed on the masthead starting in December:

Stevens will provide ideas around politics, media and the culture of Washington, D.C. Stevens is a communications and media affairs consultant, previously holding roles as director of media affairs and strategic Initiatives for the House GOP Conference Committee, deputy press secretary for the RNC, planning producer at MSNBC and senior producer at CNN for more than a decade.

“Over the course of her distinguished career in Washington, Pam has developed a strong network and a unique perspective,” noted Marie Claire editor in chief Anne Fulenwider. “We look forward to her contributions across all of our channels and events.”

The magazine also today announced that Colleen Leahey has been hired as senior editor. Leahey was previously senior programming director of Bloomberg Live and an overseer at Fortune magazine of The Most Powerful Women franchise. She has also worked at The New Yorker. Leahey started today and is based in New York.