An internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:
Richard Greene, our tireless web editor, recently came to us with a surprise: He is leaving Politico to take a writing and editing job with CNN. His last day will be at the end of next week.
Richard has been one of the pivotal figures in the success of Politico in our first year. There is virtually no end to the list of essential roles he played in this job. He routinely worked at all hoursâ€”late night and early morning–to make our site smarter and faster. He has a restless mind and challenged us to think anew about stories and about how to use the web to improve our story-telling. He cares about language and has a graceful hand with copy.
Though he excelled as editor, Richard still has the soul of a reporter and writer. That’s why this new opportunity appealed to him. As the news desk editor for CNN Wire, a new position in the Washington bureau, he will be immersed in breaking news about national politics and government. He’ll be writing, updating and fleshing out the big stories of the day for CNN’s internal wire service.
This gets him back to parts of the job he enjoyed at his days at the BBC, and is an obvious next step in what has been an unusually diverse and accomplished journalism career.
This provides an opportunity for Danielle Jones to reveal her true geeky underside, and she will take over managing the website.