Politico Snags David Chalian

Ever since his hot mic flub, it was a mystery where longtime Washington journo David Chalian would wind up. This morning the cat’s out of the bag: He’s headed to Politico to be their VP of Video Programming to guide their expanding video efforts.

Chalian is the former Yahoo! News’ Washington Bureau Chief. The company immediately fired him after an incident in August in which he made a racial joke against Mitt Romney at a news event and the mic picked it up. “They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian joked during an ABC News/Yahoo! News webcast.

See the internal memo from Executive Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley…

POLITICO’s work in video and TV programming is a huge success story of this election cycle. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Sara Olson, Matt Sobocinski, Julio Negron, Alexander Trowbridge, Madeline Marshall, Carrie Stevenson, Olivia Petersen, Jacqueline Corba and our newest addition — Senior Producer Christine Delargy — our video traffic has grown by 85 percent in recent months, and our live shows are generating both buzz and acclaim.

We are thrilled to announce that we’re taking the next step: David Chalian will join us this month as Vice President of Video Programming to guide our expanding video efforts.

David is a well-known talent and a well-respected figure among many people in our newsroom. He’s a political expert with a long and distinguished career as an innovator and a producer of must-watch political programming, and he’s a journalist with a deep understanding of politics and source networks that go deep into both major parties.

His mission at POLITICO is simple: build on the tremendous success of our video team and POLITICO LIVE shows. The production quality and content of our videos, the graphics and marketing efforts are second to none. It will be David’s mandate to take a winning product and take it to the next level as POLITICO continues to innovate across existing and new platforms.

David most recently served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News, where he directed its political coverage across the entire Yahoo! Media Network. In addition to campaign politics, he managed editorial coverage of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Yahoo! News, David was the political editor for PBS NewsHour, where he guided all of the political coverage across the program’s broadcast and digital platforms. He also served as an on-camera political analyst, appeared in regular political webcasts on the Online NewsHour and co-authored the NewsHour’s daily political newsletter.

Prior to joining the NewsHour, David was the political director for ABC News, where he helped oversee the editorial content of all political news across ABC News’s broadcasts and platforms. He created and co-anchored “Top Line,” a daily political webcast on ABCNews.com and on ABC News Now, the network’s 24-hour digital outlet.

David won an Emmy Award as part of the team that produced ABC News’s inaugural coverage in January 2009 and prior to joining ABC News, he produced “Inside City Hall,” a widely acclaimed nightly political program for NY1News.

Please join us in welcoming David to the POLITICO team.