Politico Hires New Editor, Perhaps New Publicist As Well

Late Sunday evening, Politico publicist media reporter Dylan Byers published an internal memo broke the news that Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, will be joining Politico as its long-form journalism editor.

Glasser has also been tasked with adding “vitality and impact to Politico’s daily report by marshaling the best outside contributors to produce analysis, argument and first-person perspectives on the news of the day,” according to the memo, dutifully posted by Byers, who called the announcement from his employer “truly game-changing.”

NYT‘s Leslie Kaufman may have unconsciously taken a dig at Publicist Byers in her Monday report on the new hire. Kaufman wrote that Glasser is “perhaps best known for her years at [WaPo], where she was on the fast track for the top post before being removed as assistant managing editor of national news because of complaints about her management style.”

In April, Byers wrote a memorably negative piece on NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson using anonymous NYT newsroom sources who were unhappy with Abramson’s management style. Will they turn the tables and do one on Glasser using anonymous Politico sourcing and declare that just a year in, Glasser, described as “polarizing” in the NYT piece is “on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom?” Hey, it’s an idea, especially since the end result of Byers’ hit piece, according to NYT insiders, was that it didn’t damage Abramson’s rep, but, in fact, favorably enhanced it.

Glasser has a strong tie to the NYT. She’s married to NYT political reporter Peter Baker.

See the full Politico memo…By the way, we heard about the prospect of Glasser going to work for Politico a few weeks back but were led to believe it was a ludicrous possibility.

From: John Harris

Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 10:00 PM

To: TP-Staff

Subject: Exciting news

We are thrilled to announce today the largest expansion of our company in three years – and a new POLITICO leader to guide this effort.

Susan Glasser, the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, will be joining us next month as a top editor charged with creating and running new editorial divisions that produce deep, magazine-style journalism and in-the-moment opinion pieces. She will also continue to write on foreign policy and national security

With the encouragement of our publisher, Robert Allbritton, we will be investing substantially in this effort and hiring a number of new senior-level writers and editors. Best of all, we will continue to grow every other part of the organization while adding these new layers of coverage.

This is a big moment for all of us. Susan, among the most respected thinkers and editors of her generation, will be a core member of our leadership team, editing and managing a new POLITICO magazine online and in print. She will direct a stable of reporters, editors and support staff in producing daily, conversation-driving opinion and analytical pieces, making ourwebsite all the more indispensable to readers.

We see Susan as central to the evolution of this newsroom, and we want to share some of the thinking that brought Susan into the POLITICO fold.

The two of us think of POLITICO’s life span in several stages. The first was the initial launch of our publication in 2007 – proving that this new media age presented an amazing opportunity to cover politics and Washington in a new way. The second chapter was the launch of Pro three years ago, which reflected our determination to make POLITICO the capital’s dominant news organization on policy as well as politics. It also reflected our belief that POLITICO’s business model must rest not just on advertising but also on subscriptions and events.