Michelle Cottle Leaves New Republic for NewsBeast

Two major hires today at the Newsweek and The Daily Beast, according to the company:

Michelle Cottle, a twelve year The New Republic senior editor, will join the NewsBeast as a reporter in Howard Kurtz’s Washington bureau.

Blake Gopnik, who it was announced left WaPo yesterday, will relocate to the New York office as an Arts special correspondent. His colleague, style writer Robin Givhan, defected to Tina Brown’s camp yesterday as well.