Mar 23, 2022 - Economy & Business

Politico taps Dafna Linzer as executive editor

Dafna Linzer. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images

Politico has tapped Dafna Linzer as the new executive editor, replacing former top editor Carrie Budoff Brown, who left for a senior role at NBC News in January, editor-in-chief Matthew Kaminski announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: Linzer, formerly the managing editor of politics for NBC News & MSNBC, will report to Kaminski.

  • Budoff Brown had been with Politico since its earliest days in 2007. Her departure was seen as a major loss to the organization.
  • Other top editors, like Paul Volpe and Blake Hounshell, also left the organization last year.
  • Politico hired Goli Sheikholeslami as its new CEO earlier this year, replacing Patrick Steel.

Details: In her new role, Linzer will steer Politico’s daily report across the newsroom, per Kaminski's statement.

  • "I’ve also asked her to oversee the news, Washington and politics, states and enterprise teams," he wrote.
  • "She’ll help all of us recruit aggressively, and be an indispensable partner to our colleagues on the business side."
  • Puck first reported about Linzer’s hiring.

The big picture: Politico has grown significantly in the past few years, and it's used that momentum to expand its business with key acquisitions and hires.

  • The company sold to German publishing giant Axel Springer last year.

What’s next: Linzer starts April 25 and will be based in Washington, D.C.

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