RD DC Roundup: Barbara Vobejda Upped to Deputy Managing Editor at WaPo; Ellen Mitchell Joins The Hill

A promotion and a new hire

The Washington Post ups Post vet Barbara Vobejda, “one of the newsroom’s favorite people” according to a note from executive editor Marty Baron and managing editors Cameron Barr and Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, to deputy managing editor. Vobejda, who has been at the Post since 1984, was news editor before this promotion.

Vobejda started at the Post as a reporter covering Maryland’s Prince George’s County. During her more than three-decade career there she has has also covered education, social policy and reported for the investigative team.

It was there that she made the switch from reporter to editor, in 2001, responsible first for the metro desk’s investigative team and subsequently the entire paper’s. She was named news editor in 2012.

In that role, write Baron, Barr and Garcia-Ruiz, she “balanced unshakeable determination and competitiveness with a steady demeanor that can easily conceal the relentless pressures of her job. At the same time, she has been one of the newsroom’s best listeners, offering counsel to innumerable colleagues about everything from individual stories to the course of their careers.”

The Hill, meanwhile, snags Politico’s Ellen Mitchell, who has served as a defense reporter for Politico Pro since March 2016. Prior to joining Politico, Mitchell had been an associate editor at Inside Washington Publishers titles InsideDefense and Inside the Army.

Mitchell will cover defense issues for The Hill alongside colleague Rebecca Kheel. “We are glad that Ellen is joining our team. She came highly recommended by senior defense journalists and editors and we are convinced she will thrive in The Hill’s newsroom,” editor in chief Bob Cusack told Fishbowl.

She starts next Monday.