Politico’s John Ward Anderson Takes Job With Podesta Group

By Betsy Rothstein 

john anderson.jpg In an e-mail to Politco staff entitled “Oh, no-bad news,” Poliitico Editor John Harris announces the news that Contributing Editor John Ward Anderson, a friend of 25 years, has taken a job with the Washington-based Podesta Group to “help them manage and expand their international business” and to “assist with media strategies.”

Ward came to Politico after 27 years at The Washington Post, reads his bio, where he started as night secretary in the press room and ended as the paper’s Paris bureau chief. In between, it adds, he worked as a researcher for Bob Woodward on the book, Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi.

See full Harris internal memo after the jump…

E-mail from Politico Editor John Harris:

Here’s an e-mail I don’t want to send.

John Ward Anderson, a friend of mine for 25 years, and a friend of all
of ours for the past year and a half at POLITICO, is moving on.

He is taking a post with the Washington-based Podesta Group to help
them manage and expand their international business, and to assist
clients with media strategies.

This is something new for John, who has been an accomplished
journalist for three decades. Among his tours of duty have been
working with Bob Woodward on a book, a long and distinguished career
at the Washington Post that included several reporting stints
overseas, and invaluable work as an editor here at POLITICO.

Among the things John has done is take the lead in planning the glossy
editions that have drawn such favorable notice.

I’m sorry to see John go, but understand his desire to explore new career paths.

Please join us for a send-off at 3:30 to give John our thanks.