In announcing the promotion of Philip Klein to Managing Editor of the Washington Examiner, he was described as “a superb all-around journalist.”
Klein was previously a columnist and commentary editor. He was promoted to that position in August, 2014 from senior writer.
Editorial Director Hugo Gurdon was effusive in his remarks and said the move marked a “very significant step” in the direction of the site. “Philip Klein is widely respected across the ideological spectrum for his detailed knowledge of policy and politics and his well-reasoned judgments,” he said in a statement. “This is a strong move toward building the Washington Examiner as a major political news site, delivering straight news and incisive opinion.”
Deputy Commentary Editor David Freddoso will assume Klein’s former responsibilities.
Other new hires, say a release, at Washington Examiner are Healthcare Reporter Robert King, Energy & Environment Correspondent Jon Siciliano, and Social Media Producer Ben Smith. Did someone say BEN SMITH? No, not BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith, but the one who previously worked at The Daily Signal and interned at The Daily Caller.
It was in December when the Examiner underwent a big shake-up with the ousting of CEO Lou Ann Sabatier. Before that came the installment of Gurdon from The Hill and the departure of longtime Editor-in-Chief Stephen Smith. Back in June of last year, the pub switched from a tabloid style news outlet to an online political magazine with one print edition a week.
Keeping things coy, Hugo assures there will be more “top-class talent” hires on the horizon.