WASHINGTON, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hill, the news source of record for policy influencers inside and outside Washington, has named John Solomon executive vice president for digital video. Solomon—a multi-award winning journalist whose career includes terms at Circa, The Washington Post and The Associated Press—will oversee The Hill's aggressive push into digital video. Solomon starts July 10.
"With John leading digital, The Hill will create a digital powerhouse of network quality across all day parts," said James Finkelstein, chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp, which publishes The Hill. "We're very excited to begin this new phase of digital growth with John on board."
According to the most recently available data from comScore, The Hill has outranked Politico, Bloomberg Politics, Axios, and Roll Call for five months straight.
"The Hill's spectacular rise as the leading outlet for political news coverage speaks to a far-reaching vision for digitally-powered growth," said Solomon. "Joining The Hill team at this time, when the outlet is seeing just the first fruits of that vision, is an incredibly exciting opportunity. I'm looking forward to working with some of today's most talented journalists to create a new political genre for the mobile generation, providing unmatched, non-partisan political news and bipartisan shows in the digital formats they love."
Solomon joins The Hill from Circa, an independent digital venture created by Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach millennial consumers on their mobile devices with exclusive video news, entertainment and humor content, where he was chief operating officer. Under Solomon's direction, Circa amassed an audience reach of more than 100 million monthly users in the digital and social space, netting two regional Emmys, two national Webby awards and the Anthem Film Festival's top short-form documentary award in its first year alone.
"John is the rare media executive who is able to draw on decades of journalistic experience to inform a powerful vision of digital growth," said Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill. "He's a tremendous asset to both our constantly expanding coverage and the innovation coming out of The Hill's newsroom."
"The Hill is surging ahead with an expanding online audience, record-breaking growth of our social media following, and a roster of illustrious columnists and contributors—all fueled by the most incisive and impactful non-partisan political reporting today," said Johanna Derlega, publisher of The Hill. "John's coming on board to focus on video at a time when we're seeing rapid gains in digital and mobile represents another major step forward for The Hill at a very exciting time."
Before joining Circa, Solomon served as Editor and Vice President for Content and Business Development at The Washington Times, where he oversaw the transformation of the company's content, audience and revenue strategies. He is widely credited for repositioning the brand as a digital-first, platform-agnostic multimedia company.
As a professional journalist for three decades, Solomon was one of the country's most impactful investigative reporters, breaking stories that have resonated from the campaign trail to the White House and across the globe at The Washington Post, The Associated Press and The Washington Times.
During his time at The Washington Post, Solomon supervised a joint investigative project with "60 Minutes," which won the Society of Professional Journalists' highest TV honor for investigative reporting as well as a Robert F. Kennedy award for journalism excellence in 2008.
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