By: Joe Strupp
The Washington Post will expand its crew of full-time White House correspondents from two to four to cover the incoming Obama Administration. That will also include the paper’s first Web-based White House reporter, according to Managing Editor Phil Bennett.
He said blogger Chris Cillizza, who writes at the popular page, “The Fix,” will likely rename it “The White House Fix” and be based out of the White House beat.
“This is the first time we have had a Web person who is a core part of our White House coverage,” Bennett told E&P Friday.
Cillizza, who has focused on a variety of political issues on his blog, could not be reached for comment.
Rounding out the White House stable of Post reporters are Anne Kornblut, Mike Shear and Michael Fletcher, who covered the Bush Administration several years ago.
Those reporters will replace current White House correspondents Mike Abramowitz and Dan Eggen, who will take other unannounced assignments at the paper.
“Coming off the campaign, I think the Web has become an integral part of our overall [White House] coverage and the leading edge of our breaking news coverage,” Bennett added about the reason for giving Cillizza such a prominent role.
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