CBS News, Web Site Shift Staff in Election Runup

Jan 11, 2007  •  Post A Comment

CBS News and its Web site are making personnel shifts that reflect increasing momentum toward the 2008 presidential elections.

Steve Chaggaris, a seven-year veteran of CBS News’ political coverage, has been named deputy political director for the division, the network said Thursday. He will be involved in planning the political coverage with all CBS News TV broadcasts and will report to Political Director Molly Levinson.

Vaughn Ververs is trading his role as editor of the Web site’s “Public Eye” blog to become CBSNews.com’s senior political editor, reporting to Ms. Levinson and to CBSNews.com Editorial Director Dick Meyer. Mr. Verver was editor of the daily political Web briefing known as The Hotline before joining the beefed up CBS News Web site in 2005.

Writer-reporter Brian Montopoli will succeed Mr. Ververs as editor of the blog, which looks inside CBS News and out at the media at large.

The announcement Thursday said Mr. Ververs’ and Mr. Montopoli’s new assignments are effective Monday, while Mr. Chaggaris will take his new post Feb. 1.

(Editor: Baumann)