Allbritton Communications Company announced today that Mike Allen, White House correspondent for Time magazine, has joined its new multimedia political news venture. Allen â€“ one of most accomplished political reporters in the country â€“ will serve as chief political correspondent.
The company also unveiled a name for the newspaper and website, both of which will be launched on Jan. 23, 2007: The Politico and ThePolitico.com.
“We are committed to becoming a new destination for people interested in Congress, political power and the 2008 election,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., President of Allbritton Communications. “Mike Allen has demonstrated an uncanny ability to not only break news on a very regular basis but also provide sharp analysis and clear context for the forces that drive politics and decision-makers around the country.”
Robert L. Allbritton, Publisher of The Politico, said the hiring of Allen demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to providing political news via the web, television, radio and a new Capitol Hill newspaper. “What will differentiate us is our commitment, from day one, to deliver people the news they need fast and in a variety of forms to meet their fast-paced lives. Our goal is to produce the capital’s most authoritative political newspaper and website featuring trusted reporters such as Allen.”
Allen will continue to write a column in the print edition of Time.
The company also has a partnership with CBS News, which includes regular appearances by The Politico staff on “Face the Nation” and the network’s news programs.
Allen became a White House Correspondent for Time in September 2005 after six years at The Washington Post, where he covered President Bush’s first term, Capitol Hill, campaign finance, and the Bush, Gore and Bradley campaigns of 2000.
Before turning to national politics, he covered schools and local governments in rural counties outside Fredericksburg, Va., for The Free Lance-Star; then wrote about Doug Wilder, Oliver North, Chuck Robb and the Bobbitts for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he nurtured police sources on overnight ride-alongs through housing projects. Allen also covered Mayor Giuliani, the Connecticut statehouse and the wacky rich of Greenwich for The New York Times. Before moving to The Times, he did stints in the Richmond and Alexandria bureaus of The Washington Post.
Allen grew up in Orange County, Calif., and has a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, where he majored in politics and journalism. His most important job is Uncle Mike to six nephews and a niece, who live in Oregon and North Carolina.