September 29, 2023

Steve Heuser, world expertise editor at Politico, despatched out the next to the workers on Friday:

As POLITICO’s new world expertise workforce takes form on a number of fronts, we’re happy to announce two thrilling strikes — the primary of a number of you’ll see within the coming months as we construct on our dominant standing in core tech coverage protection whereas additionally increasing our world ambitions.

Benton Ives

The primary be aware right here is lengthy overdue: Benton Ives has taken on a brand new position as deputy expertise editor. Lots of you already know Benton from his time as a POLITICO Congress editor from 2015 to 2017, or from his part-time modifying stints on the night time desk after he returned to the U.S. after a couple of years traipsing by way of world capitals. With a deep, under-the-fingernails grasp of Hill dynamics, a really collegial mindset and a driving mental curiosity in regards to the new dynamics of energy in America, Benton has already confirmed an enormous asset to our increasing protection of tech and energy. This fall he helped steer our Twitter protection and crucially captained our almost 24/7 monitoring of how main tech coverage points fared by way of the madcap D.C. omnibus session.

Earlier than becoming a member of POLITICO, Benton held varied roles at CQ Roll Name, together with editor-in-chief of the CQ Weekly journal and director of authorized and regulatory merchandise. He labored his approach up at CQ from editorial assistant to economics editor, interrupted by a stint at Dow Jones as a reporter protecting the U.S. Treasury Division and Federal Reserve. Benton lives in Carmel, Indiana (trivia query: who’s the opposite member of Politico’s two-person Carmel bureau?), together with his spouse and two youngsters. He spends little bit of his time ferrying his children to soccer and volleyball tournaments throughout the Midwest, and when he’s bought time for himself, it’s wager you’ll discover him on the golf course or down at Indy Metropolis Barbell, engaged on geriatric variations of the snatch and clear and jerk.

Brendan Bordelon

The second is a vital beat change you’ll see within the coming weeks: Brendan Bordelon, creator of our must-read Morning Tech publication, will tackle a brand new position as our Tech Affect reporter, the place he’ll spearhead POLITICO’s rising protection of the trade’s broad and deep affect on American politics and coverage.

In only a 12 months authoring Morning Tech, Brendan has remodeled the publication into the unquestioned must-read publication on the intersection of tech and Washington, bringing his relentless reporting metabolism and authoritative learn of the coverage panorama to influential inboxes day after day. Brendan got here to POLITICO in January 2022 from Nationwide Journal, the place he spent greater than 4 years protecting the interaction of tech coverage, politics and energy. At present his newsletters push the boundaries of the shape, typically rolling two or three absolutely conceived and scoopy storylines right into a single version.

His enterprise journalism has already neatly challenged the Washington consensus: Over the summer season, as official D.C. crowed over passage of the CHIPS and Science Act this summer season, he wrote an A1 site lede about how efforts to revive America’s tech-industrial base will fizzle with out key immigration reforms, and why Capitol Hill is unlikely to get there anytime quickly. Amid the autumn frenzy about Twitter and Washington, he wrote maybe probably the most incisive story printed anyplace on how little Elon Musk actually has to concern from Congress.

In his new position, Brendan might be working with the tech workforce in addition to throughout the newsroom, and throughout the Atlantic, to inform the largest tales about how the ability gamers within the tech trade are shaping coverage and politics — and vice-versa. International expertise is certainly one of POLITICO’s focused progress areas for 2023, and Brendan will stay within the middle of the story. He’ll transfer into the brand new position as quickly as we are able to fill his (giant) sneakers within the publication job (which has been posted here). Brendan lives together with his spouse in D.C., and — as anybody who reads MT can attest — is an avid canine dad to Rudy and a rotating forged of foster canine.

These strikes come as we’ve simply launched a brand new POLITICO Tech restricted podcast collection – a deep dive into the darkest a part of the web, developed by our sharp audio workforce and reported and hosted by POLITICO fellow Mohar Chatterjee. (Check it out here or wherever you get your podcasts.) And this week, we’re offering a really totally different – and really POLITICO – tackle the tech trade’s annual summit, CES, with particular editions of Digital Future Daily, stay from the scene.

We’ll have extra bulletins within the coming weeks, however for now please be a part of us in congratulating Benton and Brendan on their new roles.