Mike DeBonis Leaves Washington Post to Become Editor of Politico’s Playbook

News release from politico.com:

Announcement from Executive Editor Dafna Linzer and Managing Editor Mike Zapler:

We’re thrilled to announce a major addition to POLITICO’s biggest franchise: Mike DeBonis, a star congressional and national politics reporter for the Washington Post, is joining us to become the new editor of Playbook.

Mike brings savvy, impeccable instincts and a wealth of experience to the role. Since 2015, he’s reported on party leadership, congressional committees, political organizations and key campaigns spanning four election cycles. As the Post’s lead House correspondent during the Trump administration and lead Senate correspondent since, he has covered two impeachments, five Supreme Court nominations, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and numerous leadership races, as well as the drafting of major tax, health care, covid relief, and, recently, gun violence legislation.

Mike also knows a thing or two about writing a politics newsletter. He came to the Post in 2010 after spending six years at Washington City Paper as a reporter and editor, including three years writing Loose Lips, City Paper’s long-running and free-wheeling political column on D.C. politics. In 2008, inspired by Playbook, Mike launched Loose Lips Daily, a newsletter that quickly garnered a loyal audience in the John A. Wilson Building and throughout the District.

After joining the Post, Mike continued his newsletter and wrote a weekly analysis column on local politics in the Washington region until 2012. He then helped lead coverage on the D.C. government beat, which kept him busy with multiple federal investigations that led to the convictions of three D.C. Council members.

Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Mike came to Washington to attend Georgetown University, where he earned a degree in Russian. He lives in Northeast Washington with his wife, Dena, and their two children.

Mike already knows Ryan, Eugene and the Playbook family – especially Rachael, with whom he worked closely on the Post’s Congress team.

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