National Journal, Washington's self-proclaimed "premier source of nonpartisan insight," announced a slate of hirings Thursday morning, including three journalists from left-leaning outlets.
“In one fell swoop, we’ve just hired a big collection of the best young journalists in Washington,” online editor Tim Grieve wrote in a memo this morning, according to Fishbowl.
The new hires include Lucia Graves, Alex Seitz-Wald, and Marin Cogan.
Graves will join the outlet from the Huffington Post. She was formerly the press secretary for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.).
Seitz-Wald is a staff writer for the liberal Salon. Previously, Seitz-Wald worked for ThinkProgress, a project of the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) affiliated with the Center for American Progress; during his tenure there, Seitz-Wald once said he would give up sex for a year to keep the Internet.
Cogan will be a writer-at-large at National Journal; she previously reported for Politico, GQ, and most recently, the New Republic.
Hughes worked for the 2008 Obama campaign and is a member of the secretive liberal donor network known as the Democracy Alliance. His husband, Sean Eldridge, plans to run for a U.S. Congressional seat in New York. Under Hughes' tenure, the New Republic published what was widely regarded to be a softball interview with President Obama, and reportedly engaged Democratic public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker.
Update (Aug. 10): This post has been corrected to reflect that ThinkProgress is a part of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, not the Center for American Progress.