Jim Oliphant has been brought on board by Reuters to serve as a senior political writer, per a staff memo obtained by FishbowlDC.
Oliphant, the former deputy editor for National Journal magazine, will work with the Reuters campaign team in Washington in anticipation of their 2016 coverage. According to the memo, he likes to “watch and write about classic film, hike, bike and spend time with his 9-year-old daughter, Kate.”
Below is the full staff memo from Reuters editor, Caren Bohan, announcing Jim’s hiring.
Please join us in welcoming a new member of our U.S. campaign team: James Oliphant will be joining us as Washington, DC-based Political Correspondent on April 6. In this role, Jim will be a senior political writer, working with our campaign team across the United States on what will be one of the most exciting global stories through 2016 and beyond.
Jim is a first-rate reporter and writer who joins us from National Journal, where he covers the White House. He previously was deputy editor for National Journal magazine, where he helped shape NJ’s 2012 political coverage and mentored many talented journalists. A veteran political reporter, Jim has also worked at the LA Times and Chicago Tribune. In addition to politics, he has covered legal affairs and the Supreme Court. He’s a former editor-in-chief of Legal Times and began his career as a staff writer for the Miami Daily Business Review in Florida. Jim holds a JD degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
In his spare time, Jim likes to watch and write about classic film, hike, bike and spend time with his 9-year-old daughter, Kate.
You can follow Jim at @jamesoliphant on Twitter.
Caren and Ross