Roll Call’s farewell announcement:
For some people, the lure of standing around hallways in the Capitol is irresistible. So it is that Ben Pershing will be leaving us next month to author the WashingtonPost.com’s “Capitol Briefing” blog, formerly written by Paul Kane. Ben demonstrated verve and style as a senior editor and then deputy editor over the past year and a half. He has offered insightful guidance to his team of reporters and helped shape our coverage in ways that have made Roll Call the unique publication that it is. Over a 10-year career at Roll Call, Ben handled just about every editorial task imaginable:
editorial assistant, assistant news editor, campus beat reporter, politics reporter, House reporter, senior editor and deputy editor.
Chained to his desk as an editor, Ben would show off his prose with the occasional editorial or Heard on the Hill column. And to top it off, he brought a potent bat to the lineup of the Roll Call softball team. But he never got the writing/reporting bug out of his system and we wish him all the best as he returns to the Capitol with notebook in hand. He has been a true voice and conscience of Roll Call for many years and will be missed by all of us, though happily he will still be in the neighborhood. Ben’s last day with Roll Call will be Jan. 4 — we’ll schedule an appropriate sendoff prior to that.
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washingtonpost.com’s welcome announcement:
washingtonpost.com, an award-winning news and information web site, today announced that veteran congressional journalist Ben Pershing will join its politics team as author of “Capitol Briefing,” the online column covering Congress and K Street. His appointment is effective January 7, 2008.
“Ben brings with him an impressive journalistic background and extensive behind-the-scenes experience covering Congress,” said Elizabeth Spayd, Editor at washingtonpost.com. “His proven ability will provide a unique perspective into what drives the decision-making process on Capitol Hill.”
He will succeed Paul Kane, who recently joined The Washington Post as a congressional reporter.
Pershing joins washingtonpost.com from Roll Call, where he was that newspaper’s Deputy Editor overseeing all Congressional coverage. During his 10-year tenure with Roll Call, Pershing reported extensively on the congressional leadership, the activities of major committees, and campaign politics. He was also the occasional author of Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” column. He was appointed Deputy Editor last February, and was responsible for directing all House and Senate coverage.
Pershing holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Washington, D.C.