Keach Hagey leaves Politico for ‘Wall Street Journal’

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Keach Hagey. (Politico.com)
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The Wall Street Journal's media desk has a new reporter: Politico's Keach Hagey, who will join the paper in mid-April, acccording to a memo that went out today.

She'll be covering the news media industry, which means you can expect to see her byline on stories about Journal rivals like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times and The Economist as well as mainstays on the beat like Time, Newsweek and Conde Nast's stable of glossies, which includes Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and suchlike. She'll also be covering digital media. 

It's unclear what this means for Russell Adams, who's covered that beat for the paper since May of 2008.

UPDATE: Adams is moving over to the markets desk, where he recently accepted a job as an editor.

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Hagey will be joined as a newbie in the media and marketing bureau by John Jannarone, who is moving over from the paper's "Heard on the Street" column to cover "major media companies." 

Here's the announcement, with a few additional notes about personnel:

Colleagues:

We’re pleased to announce several appointments to the Journal’s Media and Marketing bureau:

Keach Hagey, who will join the group in mid-April, will cover newspapers, magazines and online news media. She joins the Journal from Politico where she had covered the intersection of politics and media. Keach previously worked in Abu Dhabi for The National and before that wrote for CBSNews.com.

John Jannarone will cover major media companies. He joins MAM after three years as a writer on the Journal’s Heard on the Street column where, among other successes, he broke the story of Diamond Foods’ accounting irregularities that led to the departure of the company’s top management. John previously was a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in Singapore and before that worked on Wall Street.

Shalini Ramachandran was hired in January and is covering cable operators. She graduated from Emory University in December with a Master’s degree in English. She interned for the Journal in Atlanta last summer.

Christopher Stewart was hired late last year as deputy bureau chief. Chris, who is covering television, had been deputy editor of the New York Observer and before that was a contributing writer for Conde Nast’s Portfolio magazine. He is the author of “Hunting the Tiger” and the forthcoming “Lost in the White City.”

Martin and Alex