POLITICO Pro Announces Several New Hires, Moves and Promotions

POLITICO Pro editor Martin Kady today announced to staff in an email several new hires, moves and promotions within the POLITICO Pro division, which now includes 13 policy verticals.

New hires include Mary Beth Marklein, a former higher education reporter for USA TODAY, as Pro Education editor; Chase Purdy as a reporter for Pro Agriculture; Jen Judson who joined Pro Defense on July 14; and Patrick Temple-West, who joins the Financial Services team.

In new roles are Maggie Chan as senior pro editor and Kyle Cheney, transitioning to the Campaign Pro team from the health care team.

See the full announcement, after the jump.

From: Marty Kady
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:59 PM
Subject: Several exciting hires and moves for Pro

Hey gang,

We have a bunch of exciting moves, promotions and new hires to announce at Pro, which continues to grow and evolve, while recruiting the top talent in policy reporting and editing:

Maggie Chan, who has been a workhorse on the copy desk for both the print edition of POLITICO and most recently for Pro, will take on the duties of Senior Pro Editor, acting as our eyes and ears on the night desk for Pro. As Pro has grown from three sections three years ago to now 13 policy verticals, it have also turned into a nearly 24 hour a day operation, and Maggie, who has been here since 2011, has agreed to take on the responsibilities for this newly created editing job. That sigh of relief you’re hearing on the Pro side of the newsroom is coming from section editors who are plenty ready for some late night help editing newsletters, breaking news and Whiteboards.

Mary Beth Marklein, a longtime higher education reporter for USA TODAY, is joining us as the new Pro Education Editor. Mary Beth is a two-time Fulbright Scholar – in Vietnam and Romania, a former national correspondent for The Baltimore Sun and the San Francisco Chronicle and worked early in her career at regional papers in Wisconsin. She’s also been an adjunct professor at American University. She starts Aug. 13.

Mary Beth’s arrival to run the education team will help us accelerate another long awaited move: finalizing Nirvi Shah’s transition to Deputy Managing Editor for Policy. Nirvi has the track record for the job – she knows how to hire the right people, launch a vertical and run a great policy team – and nobody is more excited about having a full time deputy than I am as we round out the Pro leadership team.

Kyle Cheney, who has been a standout on the health care team, is transitioning to the Campaign Pro team – just in time for the final three month frenzy of the 2014 midterms. Kyle joined POLITICO in 2012, and anyone who’s been around him can attest to his enthusiasm for his beats and his energy in the newsroom.

Chase Purdy is Pro Agriculture’s newest reporter. Previously, Chase covered public safety and government at The Roanoke Times, general assignments at The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., crime and courts at The News Virginian, and he freelanced for The New York Times. Chase started in early July.

Jen Judson started at Pro Defense on July 14. She is covering Congress and comes to us from Inside the Army, where she distinguished herself through her coverage of the fight between the Army and the Guard.

Patrick Temple-West joined the Financial Services team last month to cover the SEC and the feds’ efforts to crackdown on Wall Street crimes. He comes to Politico from Reuters, where he was on the tax beat.