Top Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown leaving for NBC News

Top Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown leaving for NBC News
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Carrie Budoff Brown is leaving her top post at Politico for an executive level position at NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Brown will be a senior vice president, a newly created position, for the Sunday morning news program, according to a memo from NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.

John Reiss, executive producer of “Meet the Press,” will remain in his role. He will report to Brown, who will also oversee other aspects of the show, including its newsletter, podcast, documentary film festival and streaming.

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Brown, who joined Politico in 2007, has been Politico’s top U.S. editor since 2016. Before that, she was managing editor of Politico Europe and a founding member of the site’s European team.

In a note to staff about her departure, Politico publisher Robert Allbritton said Brown helped create a different newsroom at Politico when she moved back from Europe.

“Above all, Carrie drove our coverage of the Trump era in Washington, an unprecedented period that saw POLITICO produce some of its highest impact journalism at the intersection of politics and policy — with the awards (and Cabinet resignations) to prove it,” Allbritton wrote.

Brown will be joining NBC News at a time when “Meet the Press” is lagging competitor “Face the Nation” at CBS as the most watched Sunday morning news show. According to Nielsen ratings statistics, “Face the Nation” was, on average, the most-watched Sunday news program in the first quarter of the year, with “Meet the Press” in second place.

Over the past 10 years, the two shows have traded places for the top spot, with ABC’s “This Week” typically trailing in third place.

--Updated at 12:15 p.m.