Nick Davies, Ana Marie Cox join Guardian’s new U.S. operation

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The Guardian's new U.S. website has secured two more high-profile journalists for its roster.

Nick Davies, the reporter who's blown the lid off some of the biggest scoops of the U.K. phone-hacking scandal for the British newspaper, will join the American operation next spring. I first reported last month that he was considering making the move.

The site, guardiannews.com, which was unveiled yesterday, is headquartered in New York. But Davies will be based in Los Angeles, "covering the country as a whole, working on investigations," he told Capital New York on Thursday. "I'd move sooner but first I have to finish writing Hack Attack, the book about the phone-hacking saga, which is being published in the U.S. by Faber and Faber."

Political journalist and founding editor of Washington gossip site Wonkette Ana Marie Cox has officially joined the team as well, a spokesperson for The Guardian confirmed. Cox will be a political blogger and commentator, the spokesperson said. Her face greeted readers on the homepage Wednesday with a story about Republican Bob Turner's victory in New York's Ninth Congressional District.

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It was one of her first published stories in some time. The former GQ writer left Washington in March; a rather cryptic Twitter message about her plans was followed by an Aug. 18 Guardian article before her debut on the new site yesterday.

Davies and Cox join Robert Mackey, whom The Guardian recently poached from The New York Times to be a reporter and blogger for the paper's U.S. website.

"We're delighted that Rob is joining guardiannews.com," said Janine Gibson, the site's editor-in-chief, in a statement Wednesday announcing the news. "He has tremendous journalistic talent and has pioneered the live-blogging experience for millions of readers over the years." She added that more hires will be announced in the coming months.

The Guardian is carving out a U.S. footprint to capitalize on increased web traffic from American readers (more than 10 million of them as of August, according to The Guardian) to its flagship Britain-based website in recent years. The print edition, meanwhile, is preparing for its transition to a more analysis-driven product, while breaking news (and $40 million worth of resources over the next five years that had originally been earmarked for print) will be funneled into the digital side.

As for the U.S. site, the New York newsroom is expected to grow to a total of 20 to 30 editors, reporters, bloggers and web producers and developers.

"It will be a gradual build," The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, told me in June. "As revenue comes in, we'll expand."

UPDATE: This item was changed to include Cox's new title.