Politico Makes Changes to States Team

Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran are leaving the company.

Major changes at Politico today, as Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran—the founders of Capital New York who sold it to Politico in 2013—are leaving the company.

The change means Politico’s states team—headquartered here in New York—will be integrated into the larger Politico newsroom. That unified group will now be led by Joe Schatz, who most recently served as editor Politico Pro’s daily Europe brief.

“Our mission is to constantly look for ways to get smarter, more efficient, and more ambitious as a company, delivering even more indispensable journalism and products to a growing audience at home and abroad,” wrote Politico editor in chief John Harris, in a memo explaining the change.

“It is in this context that we believe the right long-term path for our states coverage is to move beyond start-up phase and to integrate fully into the larger Politico editorial family. A states’ hub in New York, physically and organizationally separated from our headquarters in Rosslyn [VA], has begun to present challenges that would become more difficult as our states expansion continues.”