Press release | POLITICS
Announcement from Editor-in-Chief Mike Zapler and Editor-in-Chief Dafna Linzer:
The recent promotion of John Yearwood has created a significant vacancy within our national security team. Fortunately, we have a wonderful successor: Heidi Vogt, a longtime foreign correspondent who has done an outstanding job leading the technology and cybersecurity team, will succeed John, but with an expanded portfolio. Assuming the title of National Security Editor, Heidi will partner with Defense Editor Dave Brown to spearhead an increasingly important area of coverage for POLITICO.
It’s a natural decision for Heidi. In her two decades of journalism, Heidi has covered Africa and Afghanistan, covering conflict, international diplomatic wrangling and US foreign policy as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press.
As technology and cybersecurity editor, she worked hand-in-hand with the national security team, frequently strategizing coverage and overseeing joint stories. So as part of this move, Heidi will bring three cybersecurity journalists with her to the National Security Team: Maggie Miller, Eric Geller and John Sakellariadis. The formal merging of the two teams makes a lot of sense for our coverage, and we’re thrilled to have Heidi leading the effort.
Heidi’s arrival will coincide with a departure: Ben Pauker, who joined us early last year as editor of global and national security, is leaving for the Washington Post. Ben has done an outstanding job building the team since joining early last year, while working with Dave and Sue Allan to lead the defense and Canada teams. He fostered early collaboration with POLITICO editors and reporters in Europe – a mission that will only grow in importance as we seek to integrate our newsrooms. We wish Ben good luck and will launch the search for his successor.
Heidi, Dave and Sue will report directly to Mike Zapler in the interim.
Please join us in congratulating Heidi and the entire team.