Bad news for the Miami Herald: its top political reporter, Beth Reinhard, is heading to D.C. to write for the National Journal magazine. Reinhard, a South Florida native who has been with the Herald since 1998, will be the Journal's new chief political correspondent.
The only good news for the Herald? She's waiting until after this November's unprecedented three-way race for the Senate before she leaves.
The National Journal, a weekly with a sometimes wonky, insider's take on politics, announced Reinhard's hiring in a release posted a few minutes ago.
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""For twelve years, Beth has been a leading political writer for one of the largest newspapers in an ultra-battleground state," National Journal Group Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier said in the release posted to Poynter. "During that time, she has proven herself to be both an old-school story-breaker and a writer of of uncommon authority and grace. We're thrilled to have her taking on such a critical role in our newsroom."
Reinhard, who has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia, has been a political mainstay at the Herald since 1998.
During this election cycle, she broke a number of stories about the unprecedented three-way race for U.S. Senate and -- to Riptide's eye -- was one of the sharpest political observers in the Sunshine State.
The Herald's going to miss her -- but at least she'll stick around to wrap up an insane election season that has already seen Florida's Senate race between Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek move to the center of national attention.