Politico’s Woellert moving to White House team
Politico editor in chief Carrie Budoff Brown sent out the following announcement on Thursday:
Hi all –
We’re thrilled to announce that financial services reporter Lorraine Woellert will be joining our White House team, bringing her expertise in legal and financial affairs as well as her boundless energy to the team.
Lorraine has already broken news on the White House beat, with her story last July that Anthony Scaramucci was still profiting from his hedge fund Skybridge even after joining the administration as President Donald Trump’s communications director—a piece that apparently triggered Mooch’s extraordinarily profane phone call to Ryan Lizza, which led to his demise.
She’s covered a multitude of political and policy beats, including the economy, financial services, courts, trade, campaigns and money in politics. She got her start in journalism at George Mason University, where she and her friends launched the Ex-Patriot, the school’s first underground newspaper, after being rejected by the official student paper. They knew they’d hit the big time when the school library called asking for copies.
After stints as a metro and local courts reporter, she covered Capitol Hill for The Washington Times, BusinessWeek and finally Bloomberg, where she focused on oversight and investigations after the financial collapse. At BusinessWeek in 2000, before hanging chads and Bush v. Gore, she dug up and published the voting records of 100 top CEOs. (Many didn’t bother, even though they regularly wrote campaign checks—but Warren Buffett votes all the time, even in school board special elections.) In 2008, she was embedded with Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and was the first to report Mark Penn’s demotion.
She’s also the co-author of a 2004 technology policy book, “Chasing Moore’s Law,” which has five stars on Amazon. Neither of the two reviewers is her mom.
She will start with the White House team on Tuesday.