WNYC’s politics web site is expanding.
Washington Post and Time.com alum Catlin Thompson gets the editor slot, where she takes over for the award-winning Anna Sale, who becomes the site’s first full-time reporter. Their site has been populated by lots of good reporting from WNYC’s newsroom, and insightful analysis gleaned from Brian Lehrer’s indispensable show. The move is another step by the radio station to put their muscle behind online reporting, something not as many other their broadcast competitors have done.
By the way, I’d be saying all these nice things even if they hadn’t let me work there.
In other journo staffing news: Bond Buyer‘s Ted Phillips is leaving the paper to join Newsday‘s growing team, as an economics reporter. His last Bond Buyer story is here. He starts at Newsday on March 7.
Anyway, official WNYC announcement here:
I am thrilled to be able to make two announcements about the It’s A Free Country team.
First, there’s a new member joining our ranks!
Caitlin Thompson will start at WNYC on Tuesday as Site Editor for It’s A Free Country, having most recently helmed the Web site for PBS Wide Angle and its special series Women, War & Peace, which explores women’s roles in conflict. Caitlin covered the 2008 election for The Washington Post, where she produced the daily Post Politics podcast and worked on Citizen K Street, an investigative series on the rise of lobbying. From there, Caitlin went on the campaign trail for TIME, where she profiled the McCain campaign’s resurgence in New Hampshire, the Barackstar effect and how to eat a Huckaburger, among other stories. She collaborated with Ana Marie Cox on a series of daily politics videos called the Swampcast and oversaw TIME’s podcast department. Caitlin graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and is the titleholder of the women’s tennis team’s pizza eating contest.
Caitlin will report to me and will take the reins from Anna Sale, about whom I get to make my second announcement.
Anna will transition to a new role with It’s A Free Country, that of Site Reporter. In her new position, Anna will return to her first love — reporting. She will use her considerable skills (her reporting has won Capitolbeat, regional Murrow and Connecticut and West Virginia AP awards, and she was an Associate Producer for The Great Textbook War, a radio documentary that won a Peabody and duPont-Columbia award) to find and tell lots and lots of local, regional and national stories as we head into what won’t be anything less than a fascinating presidential election cycle.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Anna for the enormous amount of hard work she has done to pilot It’s A Free Country from launch through its first six months. We wouldn’t be where we are without her dedication and creativity. Thanks, Anna!
Please join me in welcoming Caitlin and congratulating Anna.