Sudeep Reddy, global managing editor at Politico, sent out the following on Wednesday morning:
I’m thrilled to announce that Steve Heuser, one of our newsroom’s most creative and accomplished editors, is taking on a new role at the center of our ambitions: expanding the depth and breadth of our technology coverage around the world.
As POLITICO’s first global technology editor, Steve will be charged with reimagining the scope of our technology report and building out new pathways for chronicling the battle for power across the global technology landscape. Drawing on his knowledge of policy and emerging technology, Steve will run this arm of POLITICO’s journalistic growth – working with members of POLITICO’s tech teams on both continents to build on the strengths of our excellent work and to nurture new stories with forward-looking and often international dimensions. He will also work strategically with the business side and across the global newsroom to build new products for POLITICO to dominate in one of the world’s most competitive, high-potential spaces in journalism.
Steve originally came to Washington to develop and launch The Agenda, a distinct publication that advanced POLITICO’s approach to policy journalism. Under Steve’s leadership, The Agenda was known for working across the newsroom to develop ambitious coverage packages on key policy areas, from energy to healthcare to technology. Renowned for its distinctive visual style and for its spirit of both intellectual leadership and fun, The Agenda won both reporting and visual awards, convened national thought leaders in Chatham House Rules gatherings, and provided a high-profile platform for the work of numerous policy reporters.
Among the big packages Steve conceived and shepherded on emerging technology are a deep dive on 5G and global competitiveness, a sweeping package on the digital divide (which included a piece on tribal lands that won a SABEW award), a look at Washington’s approach to cyberwar and a package on the Internet of Things scrambling regulation and politics.
This spring, in a preview of his new role, Steve was the architect of Digital Future Daily, a lively new newsletter about the next wave of technology that has already expanded the boundaries of how we cover power and emerging industries – and a franchise we plan to continue building in the coming years.
In his most recent role as editor of POLITICO Magazine, Steve has fostered and overseen the team that produced many of POLITICO’s highest-profile, highest-traffic stories of the past several years. He has earned a reputation across the newsroom for deep engagement with reporters, editors and the design team, and also for bringing a diverse and high-octane array of outside voices into the POLITICO mix.
In his new role, Steve will work closely with Clea Benson, who currently oversees our tech leaders, and Bob King, who built the foundation of our tech coverage over much of the past decade, to ensure we chart a course that cements our role in covering the corridors of tech power from Silicon Valley to Washington. He will also build deeper collaboration with Jamil Anderlini and our European policy colleagues who have owned coverage of the intense battles over technology in Brussels and across the continent.
Please join me in welcoming Steve to the team and congratulating him on his new role.