A staff email from Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger:
I am pleased to announce that we have appointed the influential US political commentator and journalist Michael Tomasky as editor of Guardian America, our US website. He takes up his post next week, based in Washington DC, and will be responsible for developing the Guardian’s growing online presence in America. Immediate plans for our site include enhanced coverage of American news stories, a greater focus on international stories of key interest to a US audience, and the development of an America-focused front page for guardianamerica.com. Comment Is Free will also expand its US coverage with more comment and analysis on US issues and more US bloggers.
The Guardian has acquired a considerable audience in America over the past five years – second only to the BBC in terms of British news sites. We’re convinced that we can build on this success – recently recognised by the third Webby award of best newspaper website in the world. Michael Tomasky is a highly experienced editor and an increasingly sought after commentator on American politics. We’re delighted he will be leading the Guardian’s next phase of expansion.