CQ Roll Call Promotes Megan Sowder-Staley to Vice President For Product Strategy


Additional Newsroom Hires and Promotions Announced

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2014) – CQ Roll Call announced today the promotion of Megan Sowder-Staley to Vice President for Product Strategy. Sowder-Staley will guide CQ Roll Call’s efforts to develop new product approaches to respond to market opportunities.

“No one could be better suited for this role: Over the past two years, Megan has been an integral part of our development of a client-centered regime for product research and development,” said John Dineen, senior vice president and chief product officer. “She has repeatedly demonstrated that rare ability to understand our products at a highly detailed level without losing sight of the strategic goals we must pursue if those products are to succeed.”

Sowder-Staley started with CQ in 2007 as a BillTrack researcher, and in short order was leading the BillTrack team. In 2010, she joined the Editorial Operations team as data integrity editor. In that role, she created a blueprint of all editorial workflows.  After demonstrating a mastery of CQ products in their infinite detail, Sowder-Staley shifted her focus to strategic issues: She was one of the architects of the 2012 Next Generation Digital project — a strategy and design exercise that has served as the foundation of CQ Roll Call’s current product strategy approach.

In addition, CQ Roll Call announced following newsroom hires and promotions:
Todd Ruger started as legal affairs staff writer, joining us from the National Law Journal and Legal Times, where he focused on legal issues from Capitol Hill and the White House. Rachel Oswald started as a reporter on the defense team this month, moving over from the National Journal’s Global Security Wire. Connor O’Brien was promoted from a congressional news reporter to a defense policy reporter, distinguishing himself through his excellent coverage of the floor and committee action this year on the defense authorization bill, as well as his thorough coverage of the recent problems experienced by the Veterans Affairs Department.

Gillian Roberts joined the CQ newsroom as a breaking news editor and will be running the @CQNow Twitter feed, new deputy policy editor Jennifer Koons will be working across a range of beats, Jamisha Ford has been promoted to CQ Now Special Products editor and Charlene Carter joined the CQ Now team as a deputy editor with an expanded role.

In the Roll Call newsroom, Hannah Hess has been promoted to the leadership team, covering both chambers and continuing her exemplary work reporting on law enforcement on Capitol Hill. Former intern Bridget Bowman was named to replace Hess as a campus reporter covering the Capitol for the Hill Blotter blog.

Chris Williams recently joined the newsroom’s Content Development team as multimedia and online developer following a highly successful run as web director for Personal Selling Power. He quickly distinguished himself by rebuilding RollCall.com’s race ratings and member profile pages to bolster the company’s campaign coverage.

The legislative tracking team has promoted Noella Kertes to editor of the BillTrack operation and Elham Khatami to editor of the online CQ Schedules product and the print Roll Call Daybook. Clayton Hanson is now assistant managing editor of Legislative Information. Daniel Bloom was hired as an energy analyst for the CQ Legal and Regulatory team.


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