Woodruff, who previously served as a political writer for Slate and the Washington Examiner, will join The Beast to cover the 2016 presidential campaign and congress as a political reporter. While Rahn, who joined their team last summer from The Daily Caller, will get the official bump to DC bureau chief.
Avlon congratulated the two staffers in a tweet just moments ago:
— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) March 17, 2015
Below is the full announcement from Avlon:
Dear Fellow Beasts:
I’m delighted to announce that Betsy Woodruff will be joining The Daily Beast as a political reporter covering the 2016 presidential campaign and congress. She’s a great rising talent who began her career at National Review Online when it was producing some of DC’s better political reporting, moved to The Washington Examiner where she was among the first to point out Eric Cantor’s primary problems (in addition to many other scoops) and most recently writing at Slate. Betsy brings voice, energy, insight and a valuable understanding of the center-right field to her reporting. She is also eager to surf off the politics/pop-culture nexis that is always ripe for finding Beast-y stories. She begins with the DC team in April and already enjoys an active mutual admiration society with members of our bureau there.
In addition, it’s my great pleasure to formally announce Will Rahn’s promotion to DC Bureau Chief. Will has proven to be an integral player at The Beast since joining us last summer from The Daily Caller, providing penetrating insights always leavened with a good sense of humor. Since Jackie Kucinich arrived as political editor at the beginning of the year, Will and Jackie have formed a strong bond that anchors the DC office with high morale and high output. Together, they will run our 2016 coverage across reporters and columnists, ensuring that we’re ahead of the curve while staying true to our commitment to be non-partisan but not neutral. Will possesses wisdom and perspective beyond his years and I know he’ll continue to excel in this new leadership role.