The Hill, "publication of record for policy influencers inside and outside Washington," announced today the appointment of Bob Cusack as editor in chief. Cusack will replace 11-year veteran Hugo Gurdon, who is leaving the publication for a new position at the Washington Examiner.
Cusack has led the day-to-day operations of The Hill as managing editor for the past 10 years and previously served as the publication's business and lobbying editor. During his tenure at The Hill, Cusack has won five awards from the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative articles on topics including national security, presidential politics and healthcare. He has also appeared regularly as a political analyst on networks such as MSNBC, CNN and Fox.
"For more than a decade, Bob has played a leading role in keeping The Hill at the forefront of Washington coverage and he has been a key player in our expansion," said Capitol Hill Publishing chairman James Finkelstein. "Bobʼs talent as an editor and encyclopedic knowledge of politics will drive our continued growth, making this the most dynamic and essential news brand for policymakers and those who follow and influence politics."
Cusack also announced several other appointments at The Hill, including tapping news editor Ian Swanson to replace him as managing editor and business/lobbying editor Dustin Weaver as news editor.
"Ian and Dustin are outstanding journalists whose dedication keeps readers informed with breaking news and critical insight they wonʼt get anywhere else,” Cusack said. "As The Hill stands at an exciting and transformative time, my mission is to continue to raise the bar by driving hard-hitting political reporting and delivering relevant analysis on the issues which shape public life."
Cusack also announced the addition of Politico's Scott Wong, who will cover House Republicans for The Hill as a senior staff writer.
The Hillʼs Publisher Adam Prather announced the appointment of Diana Marrero from The Washington Post as the publication's new Director of Content Partnerships, which will take effect at the same time as Cusack's appointment. Marrero will report directly to Prather.
The Hill attracts around 7 million visits per month, in addition to its print circulation. A recent study by New York magazine found that members of Congress followed The Hill on Twitter more than any other news site. The departure of Gurdon as editor in chief after more than a decade marks the end of an era for the publication.
"Hugo has been an outstanding editor at The Hill and a great friend," Finkelstein said. "He is leaving for a new and different opportunity. We canʼt thank him enough for what he has accomplished at The Hill. All of us at The Hill wish him nothing but the best."