Politico Names New York Times’ Paul Volpe Executive Editor

Peter Canellos will move to an editor-at-large position to spearhead more “high-impact investigative pieces”

Last Updated: November 3, 2016 @ 10:37 AM

Politico has hired Paul Volpe as incoming executive editor to replace Peter Canellos when he moves to a new role as editor-at-large next month, the company announced on Thursday.

Canellos, who joined the company in 2014, will lead “a newsroom-wide effort to make our publication a top outlet for high-impact investigative pieces,” according to a memo incoming editor Carrie Budoff Brown emailed staffers with help from editor-in-chief John Harris.

Canellos’ post-election role will be recruiting for the company. “He will both oversee the investigative team and utilize his knowledge of the skills and interests of the staff, both Pro and core, to develop high-impact stories that grow out of our daily reporting. He’ll also be a player-coach, utilizing his own writing and reporting skills,” Brown wrote.

Volpe, meanwhile, is currently the deputy politics editor and deputy Washington bureau chief for digital of The New York Times, where he led the coverage of the presidential election. Previously, he worked at the Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly, covering everything from technology to business.

“During his 15 years in Washington newsrooms, he’s helped conceive, design, launch and lead coverage for more than 10 news products, from desktop to mobile, consumer to subscription, core to niche. This breadth of experience will be critical as we navigate the undercurrents in the industry,” Brown wrote.

Politico aims to “dramatically expand responsibilities for people already in the newsroom,” according to the memo, which also hinted at additional changes in the near future.

“We will invest in powerful journalism while finding new and innovative ways to reach and expand our audience,” Brown wrote.

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