New York Times senior editor and director of video content development Rick Berke will become the executive editor of Politico, Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris told staff Thursday. “This is really great news for POLITICO,” Harris writes.
“Rick Berke is one of the most distinguished political journalists of our time,” New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson said in a statement emailed to Poynter by a Times spokesperson. “He is also a great friend and we have worked closely together since 1997. We have also competed against each other as reporters and I look forward to competing against him again. Politico is lucky to have him as executive editor.”
Berke will not run the newsroom day-to-day, Harris writes in his memo: His “emphasis will be to help the entire team think broadly about the news.”
He is going to be a very engaged presence in the newsroom, sharing his ideas and listening to other people’s. His presence will help me and all of us do more of what we enjoy most—to get away from the inbox and our offices to spend more time with the people who make the POLITICO magic, the reporters.