The Hill Names Bob Cusack Editor-in-Chief, Announces New Appointments

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Managing editor since 2004, Cusack moves up with Ian Swanson replacing him and Dustin Weaver becoming news editor.

The Hill today announced that Bob Cusack has been named the new editor-in-chief.

Cusack has been The Hill’s managing editor, running the day-to-day management of the newspaper, since 2004 and his promotion sees current news editor Ian Swanson replacing him, with business and lobbying editor Dustin Weaver stepping into Swanson’s old role.

The highly respected Cusack has won five awards from the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists and is a regular political analysis contributor on television networks including Fox, CNN and MSNBC.

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James Finkelstein, chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing, said: “For more than a decade, Bob has played a leading role in keeping The Hill at the forefront of Washington coverage and he has been a key player in our expansion. Bob’s talent as an editor and encyclopedic knowledge of politics will drive our continued growth, making this the most dynamic and essential news brand for policymakers and those who follow and influence politics.”

On Swanson’s and Weaver’s respective moves, Cusack said: “Ian and Dustin are outstanding journalists whose dedication keeps readers informed with breaking news and critical insight they won’t get anywhere else. As The Hill stands at an exciting and transformative time, my mission is to continue to raise the bar by driving hard-hitting political reporting and delivering relevant analysis on the issues which shape public life.”

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On the same day, The Hill added to its team with a slew of new hires. Politico’s Scott Wong joins as a senior staff writer and will cover House Republicans. The Hill’s publisher Adam Prather also announced that Diana Marrero is being hired as director of content partnerships, coming from The Washington Post. She will report to Prather.

Recently, Shannan Bowen, previously at Atlantic Media Strategies, was named director of audience engagement, joining deputy managing editor/special projects director Jennifer Yingling’s social media group.

In addition to its print circulation, The Hill’s website attracts about 7 million visits a month.