Politico signs chief econ correspondent White to new deal

Ben White

Wall Street reporter Ben White of Politico has signed a new two-year deal with the news organization, reports Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider.

Weisenthal writes, “White is the author of the widely read Morning Money  newsletter, which blends Wall Street, market, and regulatory news, and which  is read in both New York and DC circles.

“When reached, White declined to comment on specifics, but said: ‘I’ve got a  great platform at POLITICO and I’m looking forward to cranking Morning Money up  to an even higher level.’

“White’s deal is notable for two reasons.

“1. We’ve heard that POLITICO is making a strong push to lock down talent in  the wake of the departure of political reporter Ben Smith (who took over  Buzzfeed) and all of the sturm and drang with his getting out of his Politco  role. So locking down White, who has a unique role at the outlet, is  important.

“2. Strong Wall Street reporters who get the internet are notoriously hard to  find right now, and now White (who we’re told had discussions with other  outlets) is now off the market.

Read more here. White previously worked at The New York Times and the Financial Times.