Enterprise editor Bill Duryea, reporter Michael Kruse leaving Tampa Bay Times for similar roles with POLITICO

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Enterprise editor Bill Duryea and award-winning reporter Michael Kruse will be leaving the Tampa Bay Times to take similar roles at POLITICO.

In a memo announcing the hiring, POLITICO Editor Susan Glasser outlined how the pair will “form the nucleus of a new POLITICO enterprise team.”

Glasser noted that Duryea and Kruse have “done everything from a massive deep-dive (literally) on the sinking of the tall ship Bounty in Hurricane Sandy to revelatory profiles on Charlie Crist and other political figures.”

Duryea’s new role will be to run and edit the POLITICO editorial staff based on a similar group he led in Florida, recognized repeatedly with national awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and others.

Duryea brings to POLITICO the experience as an “ideas-driven editor at the Floridian, a monthly news feature magazine recognized for excellence. Glasser also praised Duryea as “an adept editor drawing from talent across the newsroom in Tampa,” which is a model she expects him bring to POLITICO.

As the first recruit for the new team, Kruse will serve as senior staff writer, focusing on political reporting in advance of the 2016 election cycle.

Both new hires come as POLITICO begins rebranding its website, which started last week. The newly launched POLITICO will feature enterprise journalism from writers such as Michael Hirsh, the magazine’s national editor and a former longtime Newsweek editor and writer. Aiding Hirsh is another Newsweek veteran, former Washington bureau chief Jeff Bartholet, who has joined POLITICO starting this week on a part-time basis to help edit both print stories for POLITICO Magazine and pieces for the website.

Duryea and Kruse become the latest high-profile staffers to leave the Tampa Bay Times.

Last week, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the legal owner of the Times, reported losing nearly $3.5 million in 2013. It was Poynter’s third consecutive year of million-dollar-plus losses.

Poynter and the Times began a program of employee buyouts this year, with the goal of reducing its overall workforce by as much as 10 percent. Since then, more than two dozen columnists, reporters, editors and support staff accepted buyouts, including Florida culture writer Jeff Klinkenberg, sports journalist Gary Shelton, reporter Joe Childs and city editor Heather Urquides.

Beginning in October, the paper began staff layoffs.

 Photo via Tampa Bay Times.

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