Politico Expands Foreign Policy Coverage with Rozen Hire

The Politico brass announced a new hire today- Laura Rozen, who was most recently with Foreign Policy magazine.

In an internal email, managing editor Bill Nichols, John Harris and Jim VandeHei called “The Cable,” Rozen’s web column at Foreign Policy “a daily must-read for the Washington foreign policy community and beyond.” She’ll continue to cover foreign policy at Politico, working with Ben Smith and other White House and Congressional reporters. She’ll start after Labor Day.

Their full memo is after the jump…


We have some great news on the staff front: Laura Rozen is joining POLITICO as a reporter covering foreign policy. She’ll maintain a reported foreign policy news blog for us but also do more long-form pieces for both the Web and the paper.

Laura comes to us from Foreign Policy magazine, where her web column, The Cable, has become a daily must-read for the Washington foreign policy community and beyond. She plans to deepen that coverage at POLITICO, honing in on foreign policy makers at the State Department, NSC and White House, the Hill, embassies and think tanks, and trying to use the resources of a daily paper to get a bit closer to key foreign policy players and policy developments. She’s also looking forward to occasionally joining forces with fellow foreign policy watcher Ben Smith and other POLITICOs on the White House and Congress teams to further expand her reach.

Among the pieces Laura has done that have had lasting resonance in Washington and in capitals abroad: an interview with Gen. Anthony Zinni in which he complained in wonderfully frank language about thinking he had been offered the Iraq ambassador job only to find it wasn’t his after all; one of the first stories – “Revisiting Riyadh” — examining in depth how President Obama’s meeting with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh in June had gone; and a recent interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which Clinton rebutted chatter that she had a diminished role in the Obama administration. And thatÂ’s just a small sample.

Previously, before joining Foreign Policy, Laura has reported for The Washington Monthly, The American Prospect and Mother Jones, and her reporting has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Journal, Boston Globe, The Forward, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Slate and Salon. She wrote the afterword to the redacted memoir of former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.

Before coming to Washington in 2001, Laura spent four years reporting as a freelance journalist based in the Balkans and Turkey, and earlier spent two years in Russia. A native of Kansas City, she lives in Washington with her husband and daughter.

Laura should be in the office starting after Labor Day. Please welcome her and, like us, look forward to a major POLITICO footprint in another key sector of the Washington universe.

Bill, John and Jim.