ABC News has named a new political director, expanding the role of an “ABC World News” fixture, B&C reports. The promotion of “World News” senior Washington editor Rick Klein comes amid a flurry of hiring moves for the network’s news operation, including the hirings this week of Jeff Zeleny and Susan Saulny from The New York Times.
In a memo today to staffers, ABC News President Ben Sherwood said: "Rick’s sharp instincts and penetrating insights played a critical role throughout the 2012 election cycle, helping guide ‘World News’ reporting on campaigns and political battles in Washington."
Klein will oversee the news division’s political unit and will be involved in digital platforms and in helping to guide coverage of major news events on multiple platforms, the story notes.
B&C adds: “Klein had been senior Washington editor for ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’ and an on-air political analyst. He also co-hosts the daily webcast ‘Top Line.’ From 2007-10 Klein wrote ‘The Note,’ the political blog on ABCNews.com. He joined the network in 2007 from The Boston Globe.”
Klein is replacing Amy Walter, who left the job in December.