CQ defense industry reporter becomes editor


John Donnelly, who has covered the defense industry for the past seven years for Congressional Quarterly, has been named an editor at the publication, according to a posting on Fishbowl DC.

The memo from executive editor Susan Benkelman reads:

I’m happy to announce that John Donnelly will take over the newly created position of editor for our Executive Briefing on Defense. Donnelly has been a defense writer for CQ since 2004, and has written about every possible issue involving our nation’s national security from a congressional perspective. And he’s balanced our multiple platforms beautifully – doing breaking news, daily analysis and Weekly features. Now he’s going to master another one. John’s knowledge of defense policy, and his ability to see the fights looming ahead, position him perfectly for this position, where he’ll be producing a morning newsletter and blogging about defense issues for premium subscribers on a daily basis.

In taking on an Executive Briefing, John joins Kathy Wolfe, who’s been our trailblazer in this new endeavor, and has set the standard for how to create and populate a new product from scratch. We’ve already had significant success with this transportation product in the marketplace, largely due to Kathy’s talent in identifying and clearly explaining developments in the transportation realm for a stakeholder audience.

The Executive Briefings represent a new initiative in which we are delivering a high-level view of news and developments about policy making on specific topics. The editors write morning newsletters and then add content and context to them as the work day unfolds, leveraging the breadth and strength of content in the company’s news and information databases. We’ll be launching more of these briefings in the coming months, as we identify policy areas for further development.

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