Charlie Mitchell to Be Next Editor of Roll Call

Posted January 23, 2007 at 6:44pm

Roll Call announced Tuesday that Deputy Editor Charlie Mitchell will become the editor next month when Tim Curran leaves Roll Call for The Washington Post.

Mitchell will lead a strong staff of experienced editors and reporters, including Managing Editor David Meyers and Ben Pershing, who is being elevated to the role vacated by Mitchell. In his new role, Pershing will take on the responsibility for managing the day-to-day coverage of Capitol Hill, while Meyers will expand his role to work with Roll Call Group’s GalleryWatch.

“These moves position Roll Call to continue to provide market-leading coverage of Congress,”said Laurie Battaglia, publisher of Roll Call. “I could not be more pleased with the depth and strength of our entire editorial team.”

Mitchell, an 18-year veteran of Congressional reporting, joined Roll Call as deputy editor in December 2006. He previously served nine years at National Journal’s CongressDaily, including six years as a senior editor and three years as managing editor. He has written extensively on Congressional leadership battles, political campaigns, campaign finance and lobbying and ethics. He co-authored National Journal’s “Week on the Hill” feature, has written about campaign finance reform and other issues for the magazine and founded and co-authored CongressDaily’s “Outside Influences” lobbying column. Prior to joining National Journal Group, he spent eight years as a reporter, editor and publisher for Inside Washington Publishers.

Pershing joined Roll Call in December 1997 and currently serves as senior editor, with responsibility for managing coverage of the House. Meyers joined Roll Call in August 1996 and has served as managing editor since January 2003.