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The Hill Names New Editor-in-Chief: Bob Cusack

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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The Hill has named a new editor-in-chief. Managing Editor Bob Cusack is in. Hugo Gurdon is out after 11 years. He’s off to the Washington Examiner for a “new role.”

A statement went out just moments ago.

From the publicist:

“Today, The Hill announced that Bob Cusack has been named Editor in Chief. Cusack has led the day-to-day management of The Hill as Managing Editor since 2004. Current News Editor Ian Swanson is being tapped as Managing Editor to replace Cusack, while Business and Lobbying Editor Dustin Weaver will replace Swanson as News Editor.”

Cusack has led the daily management of the newsroom since 2004. Before that, he was the Business and Lobbying editor. You’ve probably seen Cusack – sometimes hailed as the “silver fox” because of his salt and pepper locks – as he appears often on cable news and even had a recent role on HBO’s Veep.

Publisher James Finkelstein had this to say about Cusack: “For more than a decade, Bob has played a leading role in keeping The Hill at the forefront of Washington coverage and he has been a key player in our expansion. Bob’s talent as an editor and encyclopedic knowledge of politics will drive our continued growth, making this the most dynamic and essential news brand for policymakers and those who follow and influence politics.”

In other news from the release… Politico‘s Scott Wong, who writes the morning tip sheet, is going to work for The Hill as a senior staff writer to cover House Republicans. Washington Post‘s Diana Marrero is coming on board as Director of Content Partnerships. And lastly, Atlantic Media‘s Shannan Bowen, was recently tapped to be Director of Audience Engagement. She reports to Deputy Managing Editor/Special Projects Director Jennifer Yingling’s social media group.

UPDATE: More on Gurdon’s departure to the Washington Examiner. “He will oversee the works as we move into the web/TV/podcast/ebook future,” said Examiner editor-in-chief Stephen Smith. “I will continue to edit the magazine and help Hugo in any way I can. He’s got some great talent to work with.” Smith will report to Gurdon, who’s title will be Editorial Director.