Karen Tumulty Leaves Time For The Washington Post

Karen Tumulty will be leaving her 16 year stint at Time magazine to become the Washington Post‘s national political correspondent. While at Time, Tumulty penned cover stories and contributed to the magazine’s “Swampland” blog. She will begin her new position on April 12.

The memo announcing Tumulty’s new position, via Politico, appears after the jump.

Karen Tumulty Joins National Politics Staff

We are thrilled to announce that Time magazine’s national political correspondent Karen Tumulty, one of the most knowledgeable and insightful reporters in town, will be joining us to cover national politics.

Karen’s work will be familiar to many, as she has written or co-authored three dozen cover stories for Time and regularly posts smart items on Time.com’s political blog, “Swampland.” Of special note recently has been her illuminating reporting on the battle over health care reform.

She is a master at connecting politics and policy, and brings to us a sophisticated understanding of Washington and the political landscape beyond. She will train her sights on the threads that link both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, exploring themes and trends and the motivations of our government’s leaders. Outside the Beltway, we expect Karen will find those stories that help readers comprehend this turbulent political climate.

Karen will join an already formidable political team anchored by Dan Balz and Chris “The Fix” Cillizza. She will play a vital role in our coverage of the midterm election campaigns.

During her 16-year tenure at Time, Karen has covered Congress, the White House and multiple campaigns. Before joining Time, she spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics.

Please welcome her when she arrives on April 12.

Kevin Marilyn