Politico’s Romano To Take Over Events in New Role

Politico’s senior political reporter Lois Romano is stepping into a new role, editor of Politico Events.

In this newly created position, she’ll help conceive, promote and plan events in conjunction with the rest of the newsroom, and serve as an events point of contact for the business side.

In a memo to the staff this morning, Politico’s John Harris says Romano, “with her extraordinary enthusiasm and wide network of Washington source relationships, is the ideal person for this job.”

She’ll continue to write, as well, he says.

The full memo, after the jump…


Lois Romano has agreed to take on an exciting and much needed new role in our newsroom.

She will be editor of POLITICO events, working with Craig and Rachel, and in close consultation reporters and editors across the newsroom, and serving as a primary point of contact with our business side on the planning for and coverage of POLITICO events.

As you all know, events have been a growing part of our enterprise – both a big editorial and business success.

This achievement has taken place under the indispensable leadership of Beth Lester Sidhu, our Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Events.

As events have become more frequent and more integral to our daily operation, it became clear that the newsroom needed a person specifically dedicated to the extensive brainstorming and outreach that successful events demand.

Lois, with her extraordinary enthusiasm and wide network of Washington source relationships, is the ideal person for this job.  She also brings to the effort, her journalistic talent and judgment.  She was launched in The Post’s Style section, writing profiles on Washington’s biggest power players.  She was a regional correspondent in the Southwest, and she pioneered some of the paper’s most successful ventures – including the launch of “The Reliable Source” and The Post’s first online video interview series.

Events succeed when they are a direct extension of POLITICO’s other journalism – when we use our convening power and political and policy expertise to illuminate issues and make news. Lois has covered eight presidential campaigns and five administrations. She will continue to write for us.

Lois’s success in this new job is of critical importance to the whole enterprise, and she will only succeed with the full cooperation of all her newsroom colleagues — to conceive ideas, shape the content, identify the right guests, and give the best coverage when our events make news.

Please congratulate her when you see her.

John and Danielle