Roger Simon To Join Allbritton

page1a.jpegRoger Simon has decided to jump on board the Albritton ship (and, yes, Capitol Leader’s name will change). Simon fell victim to U.S. News & World Report’s lay-off ax in October 2005.

Simon has covered presidential campaigns since 1976 and will not only shape the publication’s 2008 coverage, but also write a column on presidential politics.

“It is hard to find a more accomplished, better sourced and more respected political reporter than Simon,” Jim VandeHei says in the release, which is expected out later today. “He brings politics to life with a prose that is both deeply informative and entertaining. He is a must read for anyone interested in politics and power.”

More Simon background the release:

    Simon has been a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Baltimore Sun and was syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate. He has been a White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, the political editor of U.S. News & World Report and the chief political correspondent for Bloomberg News. He is the author of four books, three on presidential politics and one a collection of columns.
    He has won more than three dozen first-place awards and is the only person to win the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary twice. He 2005 he won the National Headliner Award for his coverage of the 2004 presidential election.

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