June 19, 2017 Last Updated 2:55 pm

Sam Stein to leave HuffPost, will join The Daily Beast as the site’s new Politics Editor

Previously Stein worked for Newsweek magazine, the New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity

The Daily Beast has landed Sam Stein to be the site’s new Politics Editor. Stein comes over from HuffPost.

Previously Stein worked for Newsweek magazine, the New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity. Stein received a masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Last month, The Daily Beast announced that it had hired Spencer Ackerman from The Guardian to be National Security Editor.

These are rough days at HuffPost. The site’s editor-in-chief, Lydia Polgreen, came over from the NYT, but since the Verizon has acquired Yahoo and soon layoffs at HuffPost where announced, including a number from the site’s Washington bureau.

Here is The Daily Beast’s announcement:


NEW YORK, NY — June 19, 2017:

WHO: The Daily Beast, one of the world’s fastest growing digital publishers, today announced that Sam Stein has joined its editorial team as Politics Editor. Stein’s new role underscores The Beast’s continued dedication to unwavering political news coverage and attracting the best talent to its editorial team.

WHAT: Stein joins The Beast as its new Politics Editor from HuffPost, where he held a similar role. Throughout his career, Stein has been recognized for hard-hitting political reporting and pioneering the way presidential administrations interact with non-traditional media. As one of HuffPost’s first reporters when it launched its D.C. bureau in 2007, Stein rose through the ranks. After covering President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he served as the site’s White House Correspondent and was the first online reporter to ask the president a question during a White House news conference. He was named Politics Editor in 2011 and has overseen national political coverage for the site over the past six years.  Previously, he has worked for Newsweek, New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group, Center for Public Integrity. He has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

As Politics Editor for The Daily Beast, Stein will be based in Washington D.C., leading the political team’s coverage of the White House, congress and national politics – working alongside D.C. Bureau Chief Jackie Kucinich.

WHEN: Stein will begin reporting for the site full time beginning July 10th, overseeing The Beast’s political coverage and offering original insight and analysis.

WHY: A long-time political editor, Stein has reported on government leaders from the local level all the way to the White House. In addition to his reporting, Stein has engaged and informed audiences across various platforms, including the podcast “Candidate Confessional,” which interviews failed political candidates about their runs for elected office; his expansive Twitter following; and regular appearances on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and “Hardball,” among others.

Stein joins a string of recent influential new hires to The Beast’s team, including former Gawker President, Heather Dietrick; Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter, Spencer Ackerman; and former MTV News reporter, Ira Madison III.

Said The Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief, John Avlon: “Whether on the campaign trail or in the White House briefing room, Sam consistently delivers thoughtful and resolute political analysis that holds elected officials accountable for their actions, regardless of party or office. Given today’s political climate, we need smart, incisive political reporting now more than ever. We welcome Sam as one of the most respected voices in political media as he joins The Beast team and continues our commitment to delivering award-winning political coverage and insight to our readers.”

Said Stein: “I am beyond excited to begin the next phase of my career and join the dynamic team at The Daily Beast. It’s an outlet I’ve long admired. I look forward to helping lead their political coverage along with Jackie Kucinich and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the most talented and insightful editors and reporters in the industry.”

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