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'WSJ' Names Bussey D.C. Bureau Chief, Moves Seib to New Post

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'WSJ' Names Bussey D.C. Bureau Chief, Moves Seib to New Post

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John Bussey, deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal's Asia coverage, has been named Washington bureau chief, replacing Gerald Seib, who will take on the new role of assistant managing editor and executive Washington editor, according to an internal memo today from Managing Editor Marcus Brauchli.

The assignment changes appear to reflect an increased focus on Washington news and, as Brauchli's memo says, "a signal of how important we feel Washington is to the Journal. Our reporters are superb: just in the last month, our political team broke and explained the strange case of Norman Hsu, and described Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan before it was announced; our Pentagon team wrote a definitive story forecasting the administration's shifting Iraq strategy just as President Bush visited Anbar; and our economics group has explained Ben Bernanke's approach to the credit crisis with his clarity and authority."

The entire memo is posted below:


Sept. 19, 2007


I am pleased to announce today that Jerry Seib will become an assistant managing editor and executive Washington editor. He will be succeeded as Washington bureau chief by John Bussey.

As you know, these are two of our most accomplished journalists, who between them have worked at the Journal for more than half a century. As much as anyone here, they have defined our standards of reporting, writing and reasoning. And they are paragons of our multimedia world: both of them have written columns in print and online; they have blogged; and they do television.

They will put all of these skills to work in their new assignments, which will begin Nov. 1.

Jerry will take on a portfolio of duties that will elevate the quality and visibility of our news analysis from Washington. He will resume writing his weekly column, "Capital Journal," bringing an insightful, predictive and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. In addition, working with John and with Alan Murray's online group, he will develop a robust new political dimension to our digital edition that will include not only his own column and commentaries, but also the real-time version of Washington Wire and other features and columns. He'll develop our political and issues polling. And he will be the news department's chief Washington presence on television and at Journal events there and around the country. He will report to me.

John will oversee the Washington bureau, including our coverage of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, politics, government policy, and regulation, as well as foreign and defense matters. …

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