Politico media reporter Dylan Byers announced on Twitter Wednesday that he is joining CNN as senior reporter for media and politics. Byers, who is known for frequently breaking news, will start his new role at CNN on Sept. 14.
“Byers is a scoop machine,” CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter wrote in a post announcing the hire. “When I've been offline for more than a few hours, the way I see what I've missed is by checking his Twitter feed.”
CNN Money editor Lex Haris and CNN Politics editor Rachel Smolkin described Byers as a “fearless reporter” in an internal CNN memo.
"Dylan comes to us from Politico where he distinguished himself as a fearless reporter on all things media, willing to take on political figures and media organizations,” they wrote. “He's fast, provocative -- and makes news that people want to talk about."
Stelter added that he looks forward to no longer competing with Byers:
UPDATE, 11:47 p.m.: Politico editors Susan Glasser and Tom McGeveran sent the following note to staffers wishing Byers well in his new role and thanking him for his work at Politico:
You may have already seen the news but we wanted to say a few words about Dylan Byers, who will be leaving POLITICO to work at CNN later this month. Over the course of his nearly four years here and even with his move a year ago to the West Coast, Dylan has been a must-read at POLITICO, helping to establish what we think is an essential part of POLITICO’s report on politics and power: our reporting on the media. What started as a one-man blog under Dylan and before him Michael Calderone has now evolved into a full-on media desk, combining forces with the old Capital New York six-person media team. The soft launch this summer of POLITICO Media is only the beginning of this effort, about which you'll here a lot more as we expand our reporting on the media industry and its part in the great drama of American politics and power. In the meantime, we wanted to take a moment to wish Dylan well on his new adventure and thank him for his pioneering work on the beat, before we roll up our sleeves and get to work making it the authoritative report on the media we now know it can be.
Michael Calderone contributed reporting.