TIME’s Michael Grunwald to POLITICO Magazine

POLITICO editor Susan Glasser emailed staff this morning another recent hire to the Rosslyn-based politics news outlet. TIME senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald will join POLITICO Magazine as a senior staff writer and will serve as editor-at-large of a new POLITICO project to launch in early 2015 – The Agenda – to explore ‘the intersection of politics and policy.’

“He’s a unique talent in journalism, a policy wonk at heart who also happens to be great at writing about politics, a stylist with the digging skills of an investigative reporter,” Glasser wrote to staff.

Prior to TIME, Grunwald served as a Congressional correspondent, New York bureau chief, and national investigative reporter for The Washington Post, overlapping with Glasser’s tenure there. He is a George Polk Award recipient and has also written for The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and Slate.

See Glasser’s note to staff after the jump.

From: Susan Glasser
Date: October 7, 2014 at 6:53:50 AM EDT
To: TP-Staff
Subject: Dept. of Hiring, continued

I’m thrilled to announce that Michael Grunwald is joining POLITICO. Grunwald, a best-selling book author and award-winning senior national correspondent at TIME Magazine, will become a senior staff writer at POLITICO Magazine as well as editor-at-large of a new project we intend to launch early in 2015, The Agenda.

More on that in a minute, but first a word about Mike: He’s a unique talent in journalism, a policy wonk at heart who also happens to be great at writing about politics, a stylist with the digging skills of an investigative reporter. In his seven years at Time, he wrote cover stories on everything from the future of California to the future of the Republican Party, from the Person of the Year to the government-subsidized lives of ordinary Americans; he sidelined with a smart, agenda-setting column on energy and the environment. Mike was previously a staff writer for the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, where he was not only my colleague and reporter but my collaborator on an investigative series we co-wrote after Hurricane Katrina.

Mike’s journalism has been recognized with many of our industry’s highest honors, including the George Polk Award for national reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting. He has written several books, too, including The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise and The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, which was called the best book on the Obama administration by The Economist on the right and The Guardian on the left. He also collaborated most recently with former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Stress Test, his account of the 2008/9 financial crisis and aftermath. Mike, a graduate of Harvard who lives in south Florida with his family, will start later this month.

A word on his project: In addition to writing the deeply reported magazine pieces on big subjects that are his trademark, Mike will be helping us conceive and launch The Agenda, a uniquely POLITICO take on the intersection of politics and policy to launch early in the new year. We’ve started already with an initial series of conversations around big policy debates under The Agenda label this fall (check out the great group of big brains and heavy hitters we assembled to ponder the future of Obamacare in our inaugural version a couple weeks back), and will be hiring an editor for this exciting new digital project to work alongside Mike and the magazine as we figure out what The Agenda will look like in its bigger, more ambitious form. One thing we can say for sure is that it will be wonkery with a purpose: smart, timely, original and relevant to the policy debates that are actually on Washington’s agenda, or should be. We’ll plan to feature both outside contributors and original reporting in The Agenda, and look forward to all your thoughts and ideas as the project begins to take shape.

Please join me in welcoming Mike in person at today’s all-staff meeting…

Susan