Former New York Post political editor Gregg Birnbaum will join Politico in the new year. At Politico Birnbaum will serve as a senior editor, focusing on breaking news coverage. He’ll work from New York but plans to make frequent trips to the Politico newsroom.
In a memo announcing the addition, Politico brass addressed their new hire’s recently tumultuous time at the Post, saying:
“Those of you who follow the media blogs may know that Gregg recently was in a bit of a fuss in New York. Gregg and the Post parted ways after he was subject to an abusive tirade from a top editor. Jim and I decided to waive our natural sympathies in favor of tyrannical bosses in order to seize this fabulous opportunity to make the Post’s loss our gain.”
Prior to his 17-year run at the Post, Birnbaum worked for the South Bend Tribune and the Times Herald Record of Middletown, N.Y. At the Post he covered City Hall and the state house in Albany. He supervised the coverage of Albany as well as national, state, and local campaigns as an editor with the paper from 2001 on.
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