Atlantic Media Acquires Brownstein

Phew…After we wondered last week about some recent big name departures from Hotline, its parent company — Atlantic Media — announced a big hire today: Ron Brownstein.

Brownstein, who has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, will become Atlantic Media’s political director (a new position) starting Sept. 24. He will pen a weekly column for National Journal as well as contribute to Atlantic Media’s various other pubs.

Brownstein worked at National Journal from 1983 to 1989.

UPDATE: Brownstein’s National Journal column will run in the Los Angeles Times but will switch from Wednesdays to Fridays.