Former Hartford Courant reporter Carrie Budoff Brown is leaving her role as the top editor at Politico to become senior vice president of Meet the Press. Her assignment is to expand the Meet the Press brand and there is no doubt this move signals NBC’s intent to infuse the bloodstream of the nation’s longest running television public affairs show with the conversation leading drive of Politico.
Budoff Brown has been with Politico since its start; covered the White House, led the company’s startup operations in Europe – based in Brussels – and then returned to Washington, D.C. to become Politico’s top editor.
Insider’s Note: The move by Budoff Brown to NBC was first reported by Axios which was founded by two other original members of the Politico team, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. Allen was the New York Times reporter stationed at the Connecticut Capitol at the same time Budoff Brown was covering Connecticut politics.
D.C. Insider: Axios, a platform designed to deliver only the most essential news for people in politics, government, business and tech, viewed the Budoff Brown story as news worth breaking. That’s because Politico is viewed as an essential news source in political circles and who runs it matters. It appears NBC wants Meet the Press to occupy the same turf.*
*(Notice we did not use the word “space” there although you thought we would).