CNN Snatches Another NY Times Hire

Looks like CNN has taken a break from Politico poaching.

CNN-logoLooks like CNN has taken a break from poaching at Politico, and has now set its sights on The New York Times.

Ben Werschkul, senior producer at the NY Times, will be joining CNN starting June 15, announced executive editor Rachel Smolkin. He will assume the same role at CNN as he had with the Times — overseeing their digital video team. Below is a portion of the staff memo from Smolkin explaining his new position:

Ben comes to CNN from The New York Times, where he is currently the senior producer who runs the news video desk. He brings a passion for political coverage and extensive experience as a field/package producer covering, among other things, both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

At CNN, he will be responsible for the look and feel of our signature video franchises and for making sure we are serving up the smartest, sharpest and coolest digital video news offerings each day.

Werschkul follows Tanzina Vega, who started at CNN on April 20th, as the second hire from the Times in recent months.