The Hill Hires Howie Kurtz’s Daughter

The Hill welcomes a new gossip columnist to its pages. It’s Judy Kurtz, a reporter at WBFF-TV in Baltimore. Kurtz, who is the daughter of The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz, replaces Christina Wilkie, whose new job at HuffPost begins today. Kurtz first applied for the job approximately two and a half years ago, but the job went to Wilkie.

Wilkie’s new beat at HuffPost is political and philanthropic fundraising as well as society and style. In an internal memo, The Hill‘s Editor Hugo Gurdon details the reasons why he thinks Kurtz is a good fit (read this after the jump…).

A bio on the WBFF website reveals more on Kurtz. Prior to that job, she was as a reporter for WJLA/NewsChannel 8 where she earned accolades from the Society of Professional Journalists. She also hosted “Newsburst”, a daily webcast featuring news and entertainment. Add being a producer for WKRN in Nashville to her list of accomplishments as well as being a video journo for Verizon FiOS . She graduated from NYU. She began her journalism career at People Magazine, writing on celebs and New York nightlife. Two people she has interviewed: Al Sharpton and George Clooney. The bio adds, “Judy loves spending time with her dog, traveling, reading celebrity magazines, working out, and seeing her family.”

“Good news: We will be joined on June 27 by Judy Kurtz, currently a reporter at WBFF-TV in Baltimore. Judy will take over the In The Know column, writing twice weekly for the paper (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and posting every day to the ITK blog. She will also cover parties for the Washington Scene. Her experience on television will allow us to expand the scope of the is job in exciting ways. I am really pleased that Judy will be part of our team.”