Glenn Thrush named chief political correspondent at Politico

Glenn Thrush has been promoted to Politico's chief political correspondent and will take a major role in the outlet's coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a memo sent to staff Tuesday from editor Susan Glasser.

Thrush, a senior staff writer at Politico Magazine, will immediately "begin filing news, scoops and more in the news cycle as well for us," according to the memo. He will also be the host of "Off Message," a podcast dedicated to offering "a smart, unvarnished take on 2016."

Before coming to Politico, Thrush worked at Newsday and Bloomberg, according to his bio on Politico. He has covered the White House, the Sept. 11 attacks and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, New York and the New York Observer.

In addition to Thrush's appointment, Glasser also announced the hire of Annie Karni, who will cover Hillary Clinton. Karni, a reporter at the New York Daily News, will begin at Politico later this month.

Like many news organizations, Politico has experienced some ebb and flow among its ranks as it gears up to cover the 2016 presidential election. While the organization has lost deputy managing editors Laura McGann, Dianna Heitz and Gregg Birnbaum, it has also made several high-profile hires, including NPR politics editor Charlie Mahtesian, former Reuters media columnist Jack Shafer and former Reuters Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson.

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    Benjamin Mullin

    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.


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