Dafna Linzer abruptly steps down as Politico’s executive editor – Lifotravel



Dafna Linzer is leaving her role as executive editor of Politico a year after she took the role.

When Politico announced her hiring in late March last year, Editor-in-Chief Matthew Kaminski called her “one of the critical steps” the organization was taking “to position Politico for a great new era.”

Her hiring came on the heels of media juggernaut Axel Springer’s $1 billion acquisition of Politico in the fall of 2021. The German publisher has poured significant investment into the digital news site.

Axel Springer just last month announced a restructuring of its German operations and CEO Mathias Doepfner has signaled his aggressive ambitions to expand in the U.S.

The company is one of Europe’s largest news organizations and is unique for its major U.S. presence. Doepfner has said he plans to streamline its corporate structure in Germany and cut back on its print editions as the company moves into being a digital-only publisher.

During Linzer’s first week on the job, Politico scored the biggest scoop of its 15-plus year existence, a story about a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that would strike down Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. called the leak “a singular and egregious breach” of trust, but the story brought journalistic accolades to Politico and is widely seen as a front-runner to win a Pulitzer later this year.

But her tenure was marked by tension with Kaminski, her immediate boss. Linzer chafed under Kaminski’s leadership, and told colleagues that she took the job expecting that he would be elevated to a different role, but that did not happen.

In a note to the newsroom this morning, Kaminski wrote: “In her time with us, Dafna has made important and lasting contributions to the publication – for which we are grateful. She brought great talents to the newsroom. She worked closely with our Washington and politics teams and with our leadership team to shape key pillars of the strategy unveiled in December that we are now working to implement.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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