Tim Grieve to leave National Journal for McClatchy – Politico (blog)

National Journal Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve is leaving the company to take a new position with McClatchy, National Journal CEO Tim Hartman announced in a memo to staff on Wednesday.

“Tim Grieve has been offered and has accepted a new position with the McClatchy Company as Head of News Strategies, working on digital expansion for the company’s more than two dozen newspapers and news sites around the country, including the Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee, where Tim began his journalism career. As you can imagine, this is a great opportunity for Tim as he takes his expertise in digital media to the national stage,” Hartman wrote.

“Tim isn’t leaving quite yet, so there will be plenty of time to properly celebrate him before he leaves for his next assignment,” Hartman continued. “But I do want to take this opportunity to acknowledge his leadership and overall contributions to National Journal during the last two and a half years. He transformed the newsroom and with you made the National Journal brand more relevant in Washington and beyond.”

Grieve, a former POLITICO managing editor, joined National Journal in 2013. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Media Group, will step in to lead the newsroom after Grieve’s last day in early October.

“It’s been an absolute thrill and honor to work with you, and I’m so proud of the journalism we produced together,” Grieve wrote in a note to staff. “Even more than that, I’m proud of the newsroom we built – a newsroom full of people who care about and support each other at every turn. I hope you’re all proud of the role you’ve played in that. You should be. So thank you – for that, and for everything. I’m excited about the road ahead for me, but I’m really, really going to miss working with you.”

Grieve’s departure has long been expected by National Journal insiders, who say he began exploring his options in July when David Bradley, chairman of the Atlantic Media Company, announced he was shuttering National Journal Magazine and was refocusing the organization’s mission.

Since then, several high-profile National Journal editors and reporters have left, including Kristin Roberts and Shane Goldmacher to POLITICO, Dan Berman to CNN and Dylan Scott to the Boston Globe.

Many inside the National Journal newsroom have expressed great loyalty to Grieve.

“If Grieve is leaving, I can confidently say, basically everyone is out and looking,” one staffer told POLITICO in July. “Everyone is loyal to him in the newsroom.”

Hadas Gold is a reporter at Politico.

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