CQ Roll Call Names Bloomberg’s David Ellis as VP of News

Also promotes Benton Ives to Editor-in-Chief of the CQ Weekly

Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2014) — CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, announced two top editorial leadership appointments today to strengthen its premier news and analysis products:

David Ellis of Bloomberg News has been named Vice President of News, overseeing CQ Roll Call’s news-gathering operations.

Benton Ives, currently director of legal products for CQ Roll Call, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the CQ Weekly, the company’s 69-year-old magazine on government, commerce and politics.

Both positions will report to Chief Content Officer David Rapp.

“David Ellis is that rare political journalist who combines creative, must-read journalism skills with entrepreneurial zeal,” said Rapp, who worked with Ellis during overlapping stints at Bloomberg Government. “He will provide energetic, innovative leadership to a staff of reporters and editors who already provide world-class coverage of Congress and the legislative process.”

Ellis has spent more than two decades covering politics and business in the U.S. and U.K. He is currently editor-at-large at the Bloomberg News Washington bureau, where he led a yearlong freedom of information project tracking the Obama administration’s open-government pledge and a series on the Justice Department’s prosecution of whistleblowers. He also guided an award-winning investigation of the U.S. crop insurance program, developed ‘Government Insider’ supplements for Bloomberg Businessweek, and most recently helped launch the Quicktake topics pages on Bloomberg.com.

‘’Working with Dave Rapp allowed me to see up close his talent for collaboration and innovation, and I’m delighted to join his CQ Roll Call team,” Ellis said. “The CQRC brand is still the premier place to go in Washington for high-impact journalism delivered with both urgency and accuracy. I look forward to working with his team to introduce new features to engage readers as well as developing additional products to help the company grow.’’

Before joining Bloomberg in London, Ellis was editor-in-chief of Moneywise, the U.K.’s bestselling personal finance magazine, and was a frequent commentator on British television and radio on money and politics. He started his career as a reporter for Time magazine covering politics and business, before moving on to People magazine as a political profile writer.

Benton Ives takes over the helm of CQ Weekly after beginning his career in journalism at CQ in 2002. He most recently served as the director of CQ’s legal and regulatory products. Ives worked his way up at CQ from editorial assistant to economics editor, with a stint in between at Dow Jones as a reporter covering the Treasury and the Fed. Ives helped set up and run a partnership between CQ Roll Call and Thompson Reuters, covering securities, banking, energy and immigration.

“Benton brings a keen mind and sharp editing skills to a magazine that has long served as Washington’s most authoritative source on public policy-making,” Rapp said. “We have some exciting plans for expanding CQ Weekly’s role as a both a print and online publication designed specifically for government thought leaders, and Benton has the expertise and creative talent to lead that charge.”

“CQ Weekly has always tackled the toughest Washington stories, cutting through the spin to give clear, non-partisan analysis of the latest policy debates,” Ives said. “We’re going to keep doing that, with even sharper focus. If there’s a question about where an issue is headed, or even what’s on the horizon, CQ Weekly will be the first place to read about it.”

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