Tapper’s Back…

tapper2.jpg…and he’s better than before.

ABC News today announced that Jake Tapper (one-time haiku genius and video game trend-spotter) will be their new senior national correspondent. In addition, Tapper will serve as ABC News Senior Political Correspondent during the 2006/2008 elections.

We’re also excited that Tapper will take to the blog again, albeit at a new location: “Political Punch.

Other notable moves around town:

  • Washington Business Journal’s new reporter — Vandana Sinha — begins this week covering their Commercial Real Estate beat.

  • CNN publicist Alissa Rooney is hanging up her hat at CNN and heading up north to Boston.

  • Emily Lenzner, executive director of communications for ABC’s DC bureau, This Week and Nightline (and listed in this month’s Capitol File Black Book under “Tastemaker”), is departing ABC and heading to NPR where she will become their Director of the Communications Division and of the Media Relations Department (a new position that essentially = VP of Communications…Andi Sporkin’s #2).

  • James Ridgeway, formerly at the Village Voice, has been named Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief.

  • Washington Times photographer Liz Baylen is leaving the paper to try her hand at freelancing in New York City.