Deadline Snags Washington Post TV Critic Lisa de Moraes

The farewell party started May 31 in the form of Lisa de Moraes’ final live chat at Today, her next journalism home has been officially heralded by Nikki Finke and Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva. She will be the site’s TV columnist:

“Lisa is one of the most respected and colorful voices in television coverage today,” said Andreeva. “I’ve enjoyed her work as a fan for years, now I’m happy to have her as a colleague at Deadline.”

Added Finke: “I can’t remember when I didn’t read Lisa. Her columns cover everything from morning shows to reality programs to executive suites with exclusive news and irreverence. I’m thrilled she decided to make Deadline her Hollywood home.”

This is arguably the highest-profile Deadline hire since the site poached USA TODAY senior media reporter David Lieberman in the spring of 2011. Finke also confirms the recent addition of Denise Petski as co-managing editor and Erik Pedersen, formerly of THR, as nighttime managing editor. She also takes the opportunity to re-note the backgrounds of reporters Dominic Patten and Jen Yamato.

To read the last few WaPo entries of Deadline’s new TV columnist, click here. De Moraes will be based in Los Angeles.