Yahoo! News‘ White House Correspondent Olivier Knox has been promoted to chief Washington correspondent. In new role, Olivier will be the face of the news outlet in Washington. According to a release, he will “move beyond the scope of covering the Obama White House to cover Washington politics broadly.” Knox first joined Yahoo! News in February, 2012, after a decade at Agence France-Press.
Looks like he’s off to a great start. This morning he writes on Twitter, “PSA part deux: got on Red Line train 7:50. Now 8:16 am at Friendship Heights. Gonna be a long morning.” And this: “Dear
@WMATA, why no extra buses running the Red Line route?!? Got on Grosvenor 7:50 am we are at Friendship Heights 8:28 am.”
Yahoo! News execs are boundless in their praise for Knox. He “infuses a love of foreign policy, a wicked wit, and keen analysis into his work,” they write. Editor-in-Chief Hillary Frey calls him a “wonderful ambassador for Yahoo! News.”
Knox covers hard news — he reported that U.S. Intelligence labeled the Benghazi, Libya attack the work of terrorists on Day One, showed how the Obama Administration flexed its muscle to undermine Mitt Romney’s overseas trip during the campaign, detailed how the Obama campaign store was a fundraising behemoth, and revealed that Obama backed holding a moment of silence at the Olympics in London for the Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Games of 1972.
They write that he’s “not averse to having a bit of fun on the beat.” This was evident as in his stories about Congress being less popular than colonoscopies, or a petition urging the White House to build a Death Star.
In his new post he’ll also co-host the online video show “Top Line,” part of Yahoo! News’ Power Players series with ABC News.