Reuters Americas editor Jim Gaines made the following announcement on Tuesday:
I am thrilled to announce that Fred Barbash, one of Washington’s best known and most distinguished journalists, will join the DC Bureau next month as Editor, Domestic Policy, reporting to Bureau Chief Mary Milliken.
Fred is currently managing editor of CQ Weekly, the magazine about Congress published by CQ Roll Call, a division of the Economist Group. Before that he was a senior editor at Politico, where he was creator and moderator of The Arena, a popular forum for debate on national policy and politics.
But Fred is best known for his work at The Washington Post, where he was a creative, aggressive and thoughtful editor and reporter — an important influence on the work of our own Marilyn Thompson and Joan Biskupic, among many others. Along the way, Fred was the Post’s National Editor, London Bureau Chief, Deputy Metro Editor (not in that order) and reporter on a variety of beats, including the Supreme Court.
Fred has always been an effective teacher in his editing roles, and from 2006 to 2008 he taught at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He is also the author of The Founding: A Dramatic Account of the Writing of the Constitution (Linden Press/Simon & Schuster), as well as numerous articles on constitutional history.
As we head toward what promises to be the most eventful lame-duck Congress in recent history, our Hill coverage will be in very capable hands.