POLITICO appoints Dafna Linzer editor-in-chief

Melissa Cooke | POLITICS

Announcement from editor Matt Kaminski:

I am delighted to share some exciting news today: Dafna Linzer will be joining POLITICO as Editor-in-Chief.

Over the past few months, we’ve spoken with many of you about the publication’s current and future ambitions. Building on these conversations, we have been extensively looking for people who will help us reach them. Dafna’s appointment is one of the critical steps we are taking this spring to position POLITICO for a great new era.

Following a national search, Dafna emerged as the ideal candidate to join the editorial management team in this essential role. Dafna’s mandate is to ensure that our journalism is best-in-class and ambitious, and that we have the talent here to deliver on that promise to our readers.

Working closely with me and other editors, Dafna will lead our daily report through the newsroom. I also asked him to oversee news, Washington and politics, states and corporate teams. She will help us all to recruit aggressively and will be an indispensable partner for our colleagues on the commercial side.

Dafna brings an exceptionally broad range of experience and accomplishments to POLITICO. She has worked in print, digital and television. She knows political and Washington history as well as anyone, but has also excelled as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter. She’s been successful at every professional step — most recently at NBC News and MSNBC as a politics editor. There she built excellent teams and led network coverage for campaign reporting (including two presidential cycles), political enterprise and political investigative teams, original reporting from the White House and Capitol Hill. . Prior to that, Dafna was the first senior investigative journalist hired at Pro Publica, where she wrote about criminal justice reform, racial disparities and human rights law. Before that, she was inescapable as a national security correspondent at the Washington Post.

As I got to know her well, I was struck by many things about Dafna. His passion for history and for his teams. His sharp intellect and commitment to editorial greatness. His competitive spirit. His sense of humor. And above all his keen eye for talent – ​​and for defending it. These impressions were repeatedly reinforced by Dafna’s dazzling testimonies, particularly from people who had been her reporters and described the dedication and loyalty she elicited from them and the tenacity with which she pushed them towards journalistic heights. She is a leader who will push us day after day to be the best at what we do.

Dafna grew up in Canada and became a US citizen in 2011. By then, she had been a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press in Jerusalem and at the United Nations before joining the Washington Post and moving to journalism. other career steps. She is currently a Spring Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service.

She and her husband, journalist Barton Gellman, live in New York and have four children. She will start in our office in Washington on April 25 and will report to me. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to POLITICO. You will all have the opportunity to meet her shortly.