Brownstein Joins Atlantic Media, But Keeps ‘L.A. Times’ Column

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By: Joe Strupp

Although veteran Los Angeles Times columnist Ronald Brownstein is taking the new position of political director with Atlantic Media, he will continue to write a weekly column for the Times Op-Ed page, the newspaper said this morning.

“In the wake of Los Angeles Times’ national affairs columnist Ron Brownstein’s decision to join Atlantic Media Company as political director, I just wanted to let you know that his column will continue to run in the Los Angeles Times’ Op-Ed page,” Spokesman Stephan Pechdimaldji told E&P in an e-mail. “He’ll switch days from Wednesday to Friday, and his column will run simultaneously in the National Journal. With that said, readers and users of The Times will continue to enjoy his signature writing and distinctive voice on a regular basis.”

In a related press release form Atlantic Media, first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site, the company said Brownstein “will write a weekly column for National Journal and regularly contribute other pieces for National Journal and The Atlantic, as well as other publications within National Journal Group?s print and online portfolio including CongressDaily, The Hotline, and NationalJournal.com.”

Brownstein, who has been the National Affairs Columnist for the Times, also served as its National Political Correspondent and authored the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein previously worked for Atlantic Media’s National Journal as its White House and National Politics Correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its West Coast Correspondent through 1989. He will join the staff of Atlantic Media on September 24.

?We are thrilled to have a veteran like Ron rejoining our team to lend his considerable talent and insights as our new Political Director,? said Suzanne P. Clark, President of National Journal Group, in a statement. ?His vast experience in the political and policy circles of Washington, combined with his keen analytical abilities and political instincts, make him a great addition to what is already the premier political team in town and will ensure that readers of Atlantic Media publications are getting the very best political news and analysis.?

?Only a remarkable opportunity could convince me to leave the Los Angeles Times, where I?ve been honored to work with great journalists and colleagues for nearly two decades? said Brownstein. ?But such an opportunity is exactly what this new position at Atlantic Media presents. I?m excited about the chance to contribute in many ways to this growing constellation of outstanding publications, which I?ve admired, and voraciously consumed, for years.”

Brownstein joined the Los Angeles Times in January 1990, and has served in editorial positions there since then with the exception of seven months in 1998 when he served as Chief Political Correspondent and columnist for U.S. News and World Report.

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