Like Madonna, CQ Roll Call Masthead Undergoes Constant Re-Invention

Today we learned that Sujata Mitra is leaving CQRC for HuffPo. That made the 7th article this FishbowlDC editor has written about CQRC staff changes in less than two months. And now comes the 8th. In an email to staff, Anne Hoy announced three promotions and EIGHT new hires as part of an expanded collaboration with Thompson Reuters’s WestlawNext legal research system. CQRC currently provides “Washington Briefings” and policy updates for researchers using the database in the areas of securities, banking, and energy. The new hires and promotions are aimed at expanding CQRC contributions to include mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets and immigration.

They also come after a series of shake-ups at the org, which, taken together, indicate that CQRC is hiring people who can commoditize their information assets, at the expense of retaining more traditional journalistic talent.

The most recent round of staff changes is pretty intense, so rather than repackage it, we’ll let you read in straight from the horse’s mouth after the jump.

To the newsroom:

CQ Roll Call is expanding its partnership with Thomson Reuters early next year beyond our securities, banking and energy coverage now showcased on Westlaw’s Practitioner Insights product, part of the WestlawNext platform. We’ll be broadening our exclusive analyses of regulatory and legislative developments to the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets and immigration. The expansion allows us to share our trademark, high-quality premium journalism with an even broader legal audience. We are also expanding our team of analysts and editors and I wanted to bring you up to date on who’s who and who’s coming aboard.

Benton Ives has guided the existing coverage since its inception earlier this year, shaping and editing the work of a team of seven who follow and explain regulatory and legislative developments for Westlaw’s audience of lawyers and legal professionals. The growing relationship allows us to add three editors and six analysts to Benton’s team and to move some existing analysts into new leadership roles. Randy Walerius, who has been with the group since it started in January, becomes securities editor and Peter Feltman, a securities analyst, is now a senior securities analyst.

Before introducing the new team, I’d like to note that our own Tait Militana joined Emily Holden as a fellow energy analyst in November under the direction of Pam Radtke Russell. Tait has played many roles since coming to CQ Roll Call in May of 2010, including covering agriculture and energy policy for the Legislative Action team and serving as a researcher for BillTrack and StateTrack. Before that, Tait covered the Connecticut delegation for that state’s Norwalk Hour. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Please join me in also welcoming the rest of our team:

Kieran Sharpethe new banking and finance editor, will work with our two existing banking analysts, Steven Harass and Gail Sullivan. He brings extensive experience to the team, most recently serving as a litigation lawyer on cases involving securities fraud, corporate mergers and accounting standards. Kieran has worked on legislative and regulatory matters for banks and nonbanks and provided counsel on the Dodd-Frank law, the CARD Act, the Bank Secrecy law during more than five years at the law firms of Howrey and Morrison Foerster. He also has more than 20 years experience editing legal publications. Kieran is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and a graduate of the American University’s Washington College of Law.

Stephen Walsh joins the group as a legal news editor from Bloomberg News in Washington, where he edited regulatory news and produced a congressional briefing for Bloomberg Government. Before moving to Washington in 2010, he edited enterprise, transportation and energy stories for Bloomberg in its Chicago bureau. Previously, he wrote and edited banking and securities industry news in New York. A Massachusetts native, he is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston.