Lingering details about CQRC‘s avalanche of layoffs continue to pour in. Despite the hope being that no one in editorial would be touched, among those laid off Tuesday was Richard E. Cohen, considered by many to be the dean of the congressional press corps. Cohen, who came to Roll Call in July of 2011, spent 37 years at National Journal magazine, where he was the chief congressional correspondent, before leaving in 2010. He did a brief stint at Politico as their senior congressional reporter and then joined CQ Roll Call as the House leadership reporter. He’s won a Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress and has authored numerous books about Congress, including a biography of Dan Rostenkowski. He was also a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.
“Rich is the most institutionally well-versed reporter in the House,” said a longtime Capitol Hill reporter who didn’t want to be named. “He’s a pro, is on a first name basis with every member that matters and most that don’t and he knows his shit. Doesn’t make much sense.”
“I read him all the time. Excellent writer,” remarked a veteran D.C. political editor.
Stands to reason, if he gets laid off, couldn’t anybody?
We wrote Cohen for comment. We also wrote CQ Roll Call PR for comment. They declined.