Jonathan Lemire joins POLITICO as head of the White House office; Max Tani joins POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook team

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By MELISSA COOKE

Announcement from White House Editor Sam Stein and Editor Matt Kaminski:

We are excited to announce some incredible hires in our White House office.

Jonathan Lemire, one of the White House’s most versatile and trusted journalists, will join us as our new bureau chief in November, helping to lead our coverage of the current administration. And Max Tani, a scoop-hungry media reporter, will join us as a member of our West Wing Playbook team in December, adding extra muscle to one of the most popular and influential political bulletins.

Jonathan comes to us from The Associated Press, where he covered two presidential administrations, first Donald Trump and now Joe Biden. He has broken dozens of stories and written authoritative analysis while covering the day-to-day workings of the two presidencies. He did it all, one way or another, sleeping an average of 3.5 hours a night. Jonathan is a longtime political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and it was just announced on “Morning Joe” that he will host MSNBC’s “Way Too Early”, a show that lives up to its name. .

Since television and print media are not enough, Jonathan is also writing a book called “THE BIG LIE: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American Politics after 2020”, which is expected to be released later. fall 2022. It is not yet known whether other media, such as a dedicated TikTok channel, are also in the works.

Jonathan has previously covered New York City and State politics. Before joining the AP in 2013, he spent more than a decade with the New York Daily News. He grew up in Massachusetts and lives with his wife, journalist Carrie Melago, and their two sons, while caring too much (or just enough) for his beloved Boston Red Soxes.

Max doesn’t like the Red Sox. In fact, baseball is not really his sport of choice. He’s a Lakers fan and one more stalwart. When he’s not cheering on Lebron and AD, he’s probably posting stories on the beat of the media. He has been a reporter for The Daily Beast since 2018, regularly digging up information about operations from major media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, MSNBC, The Hollywood Reporter and Condé Nast. Yes, he sometimes broke an article about the events here at POLITICO. No, we didn’t hire him to stop doing this.

Prior to The Daily Beast, Max covered politics and media for Business Insider, including during the 2016 campaign. He was, quite famously, pictured admiring John Kasich as the Ohio Governor of the he era ate copious amounts of Italian food while on the track. Google, it’s worth it. He also helped launch the successful Slate Working podcast and made his Washington debut as a freelance writer writing local music for Washington City Paper.

Finally, in addition to these hires, we are announcing that Tina Sfondeles, who regularly publishes news and produces rich profile work for West Wing Playbook, will be transferred full-time to our White House team. Once there, she will devote her time to the White House’s handling of specific justice issues: from confirmation fights to federal gun policy and beyond. Her addition will result in even more comprehensive coverage of the administration as it enters the critical year of the midterm elections.

We couldn’t be happier with these additions to the team which we know will help elevate our already stellar White House coverage.

Please join us in congratulating Jon, Max and Tina on their new roles.

– Sam and Matt


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