Shortly after pushing Charlie Mitchell out the door, CQ Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills referenced a “national talent search” to replace the beloved editor. Mills claimed to be on a mission for an “outside change agent” to fill the vacant spot.
Now only six weeks later, Mills’ “national search” has finally come to an end. Interestingly enough, it ended where it began. And that “outsider?” Well, apparently at Roll Call even the “insiders” are “outsiders” because the company’s Director of Consumer Publishing Scott Montgomery was named new Editor this afternoon. The news came in the form of an internal memo from Mills.
Memo obtained by FishbowlDC after the jump.
“It is my pleasure to announce Scott Montgomery as the new Roll Call Editor.
Six weeks ago, I began searching for an Editor who could bring fresh vision and leadership to Roll Call, a newspaper and website that I felt needed an extra push to reach its potential in this incredibly competitive media market. In conversations with many of you over the weeks, one consistent message I heard was that the new editor should be someone who not only understands Roll Call’s unique mission and can help it grow, but also who appreciates the newsroom as a place where dedicated, talented people enjoy working hard together in a spirit of fun and cooperation. Scott’s combination of a fresh perspective and an insider’s knowledge of Roll Call and Congress make him ideally suited to help Roll Call realize its potential — in print, online and as a great place to work.
Most of you knew Scott as the Director of Consumer Publishing, where he led the newly combined CQ Roll Call politics team as well as Congress.org. In that capacity he got to know the Roll Call newsroom close up. Before joining the company in July 2009, Scott ran statehouse and Washington coverage as Government & Politics Editor for the St. Petersburg Times. At the same time, Scott was leading the paper’s national team that created PolitiFact.com, which won the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. He has been an editor or reporter in daily journalism for more than 20 years, including a few good years at Congressional Quarterly, where he was Managing Editor of CQ Weekly.
Scott’s experience with managing groups of reporters and editors in daily, weekly and 24/7 news environments, combined with the online vision he demonstrated both at Politifact and Congress.org, give me great confidence that he is the perfect person to guide Roll Call into a promising future.
Pease join me in congratulating Scott on his exciting new role.”