Add MJ Lee to List of POLITICO Departures, Joins CNN Digital Politics

20140813js_mj_lee_005You can add MJ Lee to the growing wave of POLITICO reporters and editors who’ve been poached by CNN Digital Politics.  For those of you counting, Lee makes 5… Rachel Smolkin, Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner all switched teams this fall.

“It’s as if Rachel built an arc and we’re following her two by two,” said a former POLITICO staffer turned CNNer who asked to remain anonymous.

But they’re not just flooding (pun intended) to CNN. MJ is the fourth POLITICO exit announced this week.  Alex Burns, Gregg Birnbaum and Dan Berman all jumped ship for gigs at new outlets in the past few days.  Sounds like a trend.  As for MJ, her hire was announced today via internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.  See the note from Rachel Smolkin and CNN Money’s Lex Haris after the jump.


We are very excited to welcome a new addition to our team: MJ Lee, who will be based in New York and will cover the intersection of politics and financial services.

It’s a huge story line for CNNPolitics and CNNMoney, and MJ’s aggressive reporting will be an important asset for both newsrooms as we head into an exciting presidential campaign season.

MJ currently covers financial services for POLITICO and also has served on the breaking news team there.

We’ll make sure MJ is also a frequent visitor to DC and has an opportunity to meet all of you. Her first day is Jan. 21.

Rachel and Lex