CQ’s New Hires

An internal notice, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Editors, Reporters —

    I’m happy to announce some new developments in our effort to fill newsroom vacancies before the new Congress convenes after the holidays.

    The Inside Congress editor is a key player in our newsroom. Kathy Rizzo will be a tough act to follow in that job, but we have confidence in the seasoned news judgment and editing experience of Norm Gomlak, who comes to us from The Baltimore Sun. We initially hired Norm as a news editor on the Continuous News Desk, but we are going to use this opportunity to take advantage of his considerable experience supervising reporters and news teams in the aggressive pursuit of news. His first day in Inside Congress will be Dec. 29. Norm and Kathy will report to Anne Hoy, heading the two largest components of the new Inside Congress, Politics, CQ MoneyLine and members group.

    Joining the Inside Congress team Dec. 29 as a leadership reporter is Bennett Roth, formerly of the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau. Bennett was with the Chronicle for about 19 years, including 15 in Washington. He was the paper’s White House correspondent during George W. Bush’s first term. Since then, he has focused on Congress, money in politics, energy and health care legislation. Bennett previously worked for the Dallas Times Herald, the Albany Times Union and the Bennington Banner. Bennett will replace Molly Hooper, who is departing for a reporting job with The Hill.

    Paul Krawzak, formerly of the Copley News Service Chicago and Washington bureaus, will join the Economics & Finance domain on or about Jan. 5 as a budget and appropriations reporter, replacing Liriel Higa. As a correspondent for the San Diego Union-Tribune the past couple of years, Paul has covered the Pentagon, a Washington-based business beat and NAFTA-related issues including the Mexican truck controversy. He previously represented Copley’s Ohio newspapers and covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During part of his Washington bureau tenure, Paul’s editor was none other than Toby Eckert.

    We have been fortunate enough to have strong fields of candidates for all of our openings this fall. Norm, Bennett and Paul will help make us a stronger news organization in a very competitive market and at a critical time.

    — Randy Wynn