Funnyman Named Political Editor of Time.com

Time continues to bulk up its web presence, following their hirings of blogger Andrew Sullivan and web/print columnist Ana Marie Cox. Today, Time‘s White House correspondent Matt Cooper was promoted to Political Editor of Time.com, Time‘s deputy managing editor Steve Koepp announced. The internal memo follows.
—Gabriel Sherman

From: Steve Koepp
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 11:05:00 -0400
To: +TI-TM-ALL_TIME_MAGAZINE
Subject: An Announcement

I am pleased to announce that Matt Cooper will become the Political Editor of Time.com, based in Washington. Matt, who has been a TIME White House correspondent since 2003, brings to this new post his considerable experience in both the medium and the message. Online, he was an early adopter, writing analysis and humor for Slate starting way back in 1998 and since then contributing many prescient stories to Time.com. He joined the print magazine in 1999 as Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, after warming up for the post at the two other newsweeklies and writing the White House Watch column for The New Republic.

A man of many formats, Matt moonlights as a standup comedian–he was once named “Washington’s Funniest Celebrity”–and shares our ambition of making Time.com a multimedia experience. In his new gig, he will split his time between writing a regular column, assigning and editing stories, and helping to develop new political features for the 2006 elections and beyond.

Please join me in congratulating Matt on his new role.