‘Wall Street Journal’ Reporter Jeanne Cummings Joins ‘Politico’

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By: E&P Staff

The Wall Street Journal’s chief money and politics reporter Jeanne Cummings will join the Politico as the new Allbritton Communications publication’s chief lobbying and money correspondent.

Cummings will head a team of five reporters and editors who will cover the lobbying industry in Washington, as well as others who work to influence government policy and politics. The publication, which has a heavy emphasis on its Web presence at Politico.com, is planning to increase coverage of lobbying issues in coming months, and will also hire a senior reporter to cover the way that business trends shape the lobbying industry.

“While other publications put out press releases about new plans to cover the complex world of lobbying only to hire young reporters with scant experience, we are bringing aboard sophisticated reporters to write about a very important and sophisticated industry,” said Robert Allbritton, chief executive officer of Allbritton Communications in a statement announcing the move. “Cummings has established herself as one of the smartest and most authoritative reporters in Washington over the past decade.”

Cummings has been at the Journal’s Washington bureau since 1997, working as a political reporter as well as a White House correspondent for the paper.

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