Glenn Thrush to Lead Politico’s 2016 Coverage as Chief Political Correspondent

Politico gives Thrush the bump, announces several additions and promotions

081211_glennthrushSenior staff writer for Politico MagazineGlenn Thrush (you may know him as the guy who kicks it old school in the fedora) will lead Politico’s 2016 presidential campaign coverage as chief political correspondent, announced Susan Glasser in a staff memo today.

Thrush will start in his new role immediately, and will host a new 2016-focused podcast called “Off Message,” with a new episode weekly.

His colleague at Politico, Dylan Byers tweeted:

Glasser also announced several new hires and moves including Annie Karni who will join Thrush covering the Clinton beat; Sarah Wheaton, who will join Isaac Dovere on the White House beat from Politico’s health team; Steve Shepard is set to lead coverage of 2016’s most competitive Senate and House races; and Elena Schneider and Theo Meyer, who have been added to join Kyle Cheney, as well as Kevin Robillard, who will be moving from Politico’s Pro transportation

Below is the full note from Susan Glasser:

Some big politics news this morning: Effective immediately, Glenn Thrush will become POLITICO’s chief political correspondent, helping to lead and drive our coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. Glenn, POLITICO Magazine’s award-winning senior staff writer since its launch in late 2013, will continue to contribute his signature reported deep dives to the magazine — but will right away (as in yesterday!) begin filing news, scoops and more in the news cycle as well for us. He will also host “Off Message,” a new weekly podcast that offers a smart, unvarnished take on 2016 along with marquee interviews.

Glenn, a veteran Hillary Clinton watcher who covered her 2008 campaign before going on to the Obama White House beat and a series of terrific POLITICO ebooks on the 2012 presidential campaign, will soon be joined on the Clinton beat by a new hire: Annie Karni, a reporter at the New York Daily News who covered the election of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio before moving over recently to the Clinton 2016 beat. Annie, who has also covered politics at the New York Post, has a great eye for scoops (including the news of Clinton’s possible HQ in her own Brooklyn backyard) and we couldn’t be more excited that she’ll join us later this month to add to the terrific coverage already being done by our politics team and in particular working closely with Gabe Debenedetti, who has been doing great work since he joined us from Reuters a few weeks ago.

Meantime, the White House beat is lucky to add Sarah Wheaton from our health team to join Isaac Dovere covering the president. Sarah has had a rock-star tenure on health since joining POLITICO last year from the New York Times Washington bureau, where she worked as a senior staff editor, and news assistant after graduating from George Washington University. And our Campaign Pro team will have an influx of new talent under the leadership of dedicated campaign junkie Steve Shepard and will take the lead on first-and-best coverage of the 2016 cycle’s most competitive Senate and House races. New hires to join the talented Kyle Cheney include Elena Schneider, of late a researcher at the New York Times Washington bureau; Theo Meyer, researcher from ProPublica, the investigative reporting organization; and our own Kevin Robillard, who’ll soon move over from Pro transportation.

Please join us in congratulating everyone!