After co-founding Politico, John Harris is stepping down from his role as editor in chief and will be replaced by Matt Kaminski, currently the publication’s global editor.
Harris will continue to serve as chairman of the editorial oversight committee, as well as editor in chief of Politico Europe. He will also be writing a column about the 2020 election.
“As I looked out at our newsrooms in the United States and Europe I saw journalists having impact on the important stories and wondered enviously, ‘I think those guys might be having more fun than I am.’ No longer,” Harris wrote in a memo to staff.
Publisher Robert Allbritton said in a memo to staff that Harris will remain “emphatically in a place of Politico leadership,” and praised Kaminski for being a leader who has shown “tireless ambition and creativity” at his time at Politico.
Kaminski, who has been at Politico for more than four years, joined from The Wall Street Journal. Born in Poland, he moved to the U.S. at the age of 8 and has also previously worked for the Financial Times.
“Working closely with colleagues across the company, Matt’s mandate is to nurture and expand our journalism and the business models needed to support it,” Allbritton said in his memo. “As the company’s top editorial leader, Matt will help set and execute a strategy for a growing publication, in close partnership with the superb leaders of our existing and future newsrooms.”
The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.